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)

Friday, September 28, 2012

Chesterton, Belloc, Wells, and Shaw

An anecdote that Lance Sieveking (a godchild of Chesterton's) remembered:

I was present in my godfather's house when those four giants- [H.G.] Wells, [George Bernard] Shaw, [Hilaire] Belloc, and Chesterton - were shouting, interrupting each other, arguing and laughing...

Once, I remember, they argued about the desirability or reverse of personal immortality. Chesterton remarked: "H.G. suffers from the disadvantage that if he's right he'll never know. He'll only know if he's wrong." Wells gave an exasperated exclamation, whereupon Belloc said: "There is something sublimely futile about discussing the desirability or undesirability of the inevitable." At which Shaw accused Belloc of habitually begging the question and then he trounced Chesterton for consistent evasion of all points at issue in any argument on any subject and then, without letting the other three get a word in, he proceeded to hold forth on immortality, personal, impersonal, metaphorical, mythological and so on and so on and so on. At last, after twenty minutes, he paused and [Chesterton] observed to the ceiling: "That, I suppose, is what is known as putting the whole thing in a nutshell.

[quoted in Wisdom and Innocence by Joseph Pearce, p. 133 (1996)]

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