Quotes by and posts relating to one of the most influential authors of the 20th century, G.K. Chesterton
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
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.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
"Humanity never produces optimists till it has ceased to produce happy men."
I know it is all very strange. From the height of eight hundred years
ago, or of eight hundred years hence, our age must look incredibly odd.
We call the twelfth century ascetic. We call our own time hedonist and
full of praise and pleasure. But in the ascetic age the love of life was
evident and enormous, so that it had to be restrained. In an hedonist
age pleasure has always sunk low, so that it has to be encouraged. How
high the sea of human happiness rose in the Middle Ages,
we now only know by the colossal walls that they built to keep it in
bounds. How low human happiness sank in the twentieth century our
children will only know by these extraordinary modern books, which tell
people that it is a duty to be cheerful and that life is not so bad
after all. Humanity never produces optimists till it has ceased to
produce happy men. It is strange to be obliged to impose a holiday like a
fast, and to drive men to a banquet with spears. But this shall be
written of our time: that when the spirit who denies besieged the last
citadel, blaspheming life itself, there were some, there was one
especially, whose voice was heard and whose spear was never broken."