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, March 3, 2013

We will only remark that we sincerely hope that the time will come when preachers, hymn-writers and pious poets will realise that there is a very deep and menacing truth at the bottom of the commandment, "Thou shall not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain." That a man shall not use the strongest words so as to make them weak is emphatically one of the ten commandments of literature. The law against taking the Name in vain is, for some strange reason, generally as understood as dealing with jokes upon serious subjects. But a joke is not necessarily vain, it is generally highly significant. Job and Elijah jest constantly on serious subjects. But to the use the greatest names in our language, the words that are, as it were, too great for the mouth, again and again like a worn-out stamp, in trivial arguments, in cocksure explanations, in mere rhetorical padding; this, which resounds from hundreds of pulpits and sacred lyres, is indeed, to our minds, the sin against the Name...

-January 5, 1901, The Speaker

[To be honest, in addition, I would like to add an additional instance to those examples of "sins against the Name", i.e., trying to guilt people into reposting Facebook pictures and messages, etc., by saying something along the lines of "Christ said if you deny him in front of others, he'll deny you in front of his Father. Re-post if you don't deny him." As if the only reason one wouldn't spam is because you're denying Christ! Actually, if we're going to be taking verses out of  their context anyway, I'd say Christ's warning against using "vain repetitions" is much more relevant in such a situation...Sorry, just saw one of those types of post one too many times lately, so...]

3 comments:

coffeepotcurve said...

Agreed Mike, I hate those kinds of post.
Often the if you don't share post etc generally not re posting does not have to do with the message.

Nik said...

Dear friend, I just found your blog, searching for what other people said about GKC and I am amazed with your work. Thank you so much, God bless you and help you keep spreading the ideas of whom should be a guide to many christinas trough those dark days.
Wish you all my best,
Nikollas
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Mike said...

Maria: Exactly!

Nikollas: Thank-you! God bless you as well!