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, August 22, 2015
Yes; it is true that
to-day, for the first time, our newspapers and our new politicians have
asked us to forget, not what happened a thousand years ago or a hundred
years ago, but what happened twenty years ago. When it is a question of
shifting a policy or rehabilitating a politician, they will ask us to
forget what happened two years ago or two months ago. Here,
indeed, we have the great Spengler System, of total separation of one
historical episode from another. Here is the true trick of regarding
ourselves as divided by aeons and abysses not only from our fathers, but
from ourselves. Thus, by reading the daily paper every day, and
forgetting everything that it said on the previous day, we can divide
human history into self-contained cycles; each consisting, not of five
hundred years, but of twenty-four hours. By this means we can consider
the slogans and swaggering policies which we ourselves cheered only
recently, as if they were hieroglyphics as unintelligible as the Cup and
Ring of Stones."