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)


"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, March 25, 2013


Just a few interesting facts about Chesterton's poem Lepanto that I wished to gather in one place.

-J.R.R. Tolkien was "quite fond of reciting" the poem. [1]

The poem "was a favourite of [Theodore Roosevelt's] eldest daughter Alice, who could (and often did) 'recite all nine stanzas at a rapid clip.' In later years, reciting this poem with her granddaughter Joanna was a source of particular delight for Alice Roosevelt Longworth—something that drew them together." [2]

-Jorge Luis Borges translated Lepanto into Spanish [3]

 -Hilaire Belloc wrote that the poem "is not only the summit of Chesterton's achievement in verse but the summit of high rhetorical verse in all our generation. I have said this so often that I am almost tired of saying it again, but I must continue to say it."

1. http://platitudesundone.blogspot.com/2011/12/jrr-tolkien-and-gkc.html
2. http://platitudesundone.blogspot.com/2013/02/what-supreme-genius-chesterton-is-i.html
3. http://www.cse.dmu.ac.uk/~mward/gkc/books/lepanto-spanish.txt
4. On the Place of Gilbert Chesterton in English Letters (1940)

No comments: