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.




Monday, January 2, 2012

"...it seeks within the four corners of a village love-story to tell the whole story of the world."

It is one of the strangest and silliest notions ever developed by man that fiction is a light matter, a thing less ambitious than the chronicles of knowledge. As if it were not clearly a task both heavier and more ambitious, to create things like a deity than to copy them like a parrot. Fiction is good precisely in so far as it is serious; the most exuberant old fictions, from The Frogs of Aristophanes to the Pickwick Papers of Dickens, were good because they were serious. Fiction attempts in the full sense of the terrible words to give a picture of life. It seeks to sum up many million phenomena in one mathematical symbol; it seeks within the four corners of a village love-story to tell the whole story of the world.

-quoted in The Pall Magazine, Volume 25 (1900)

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