A blog dedicated to providing quotes by and posts relating to one of the most influential (and quotable!) authors of the twentieth century, G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936). If you do not know much about GKC, I suggest visiting the webpage of the American Chesterton Society as well as this wonderful Chesterton Facebook Page by a fellow Chestertonian

I also have created a list detailing examples of the influence of Chesterton if you are interested, that I work on from time to time.

(Moreover, for a list of short GKC quotes, I have created one here, citing the sources)

"...Stevenson had found that the secret of life lies in laughter and humility."

-Heretics (1905)

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"The Speaker" Articles

A book I published containing 112 pieces Chesterton wrote for the newspaper "The Speaker" at the beginning of his career.

They are also available for free electronically on another blog of mine here, if you wish to read them that way.




Sunday, January 22, 2012

"In the whole range of human occupations, is it possible to imagine a poorer thing than an iconoclast?"

In the whole range of human occupations, is it possible to imagine a poorer thing than an iconoclast? It is the lowest of all the unskilled trades. And like many other unskilled trades it has no power of combination; the mere 'unconventional' moderns cannot agree upon which convention to destroy. An artist, at any rate, ought evidently to be not only something different from an iconoclast, but the opposite of an iconoclast. He ought to be a maker of images, not a breaker of them. He ought to be not a destroyer, but a creator of gods.

-The Daily News, as quoted in The Book Buyer: A Monthly Review of American and Foreign Literature (1905)

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