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.
Thursday, March 8, 2018
At its noblest [the humanitarian cause] meant a sort of mystical identification of our life
with the whole life of nature. [...] Man might be a network of exquisite nerves running over the whole
universe, a subtle spider’s web of pity. This was a fine conception;
though perhaps a somewhat severe enforcement of the theological
conception of the special divinity of man. For the humanitarians
certainly asked of humanity what can be asked of no other creature;
no man ever required a dog to understand a cat or expected the cow
to cry for the sorrows of the nightingale.
Hence this sense has been strongest in saints of a very mystical sort;
such as St. Francis who spoke of Sister Sparrow and Brother Wolf.