Happy birthday to the Prince of Paradox, the Apostle of Common Sense, the man whose face adorns my kick drum... no, not Wilford Brimly, not Teddy Roosevelt, I mean G.K. Chesterton. My favorite author and source of daily inspiration. On this day in 1874 Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born in Kensington, London, England. “The first fact about the celebration of a birthday is that it is a way of affirming defiantly, and even flamboyantly, that it is a good thing to be alive….But there is a second fact about Birthdays, and the birth-song of all creation, a fact which really follows on this; but which, as it seems to me, the other school of thought almost refuses to recognize. The point of that fact is simply that it is a fact. In being glad about my Birthday, I am being glad about something which I did not myself bring about.” GKC 3/21/1935[Source]
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."
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Sunday, November 22, 2020
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
December 21, 1935 Illustrated London News
Sunday, September 20, 2020
Patricia Heaton posted the following tweet the day before yesterday:
"I’ve been reading #GKChesterton at night before falling asleep. If you want to be transported out of this vulgar, hate-spewing brainless, illiterate world we live in, GK is your man. Witty, optimistic, learned, insightful, gentle, joyous, - a balm for the soul.
"I’ve been reading a Chesterton biography by Maisie Ward - includes many of his letters."
"I laugh every night - his wit sneaks up on you!
Monday, July 20, 2020
The manner in which Browning bore himself in this acute and necessarily dubious position is, perhaps, more thoroughly to his credit than anything else in his career. He never came out so well in all his long years of sincerity and publicity as he does in this one act of deception. Having made up his mind to that act, he is not ashamed to name it; neither, on the other hand, does he rant about it, and talk about Philistine prejudices and higher laws and brides in the sight of God, after the manner of the cockney decadent. He was breaking a social law, but he was not declaring a crusade against social laws. We all feel, whatever may be our opinions on the matter, that the great danger of this kind of social opportunism, this pitting of a private necessity against a public custom, is that men are somewhat too weak and self-deceptive to be trusted with such a power of giving dispensations to themselves. We feel that men without meaning to do so might easily begin by breaking a social by-law and end by being thoroughly anti-social. One of the best and most striking things to notice about Robert Browning is the fact that he did this thing considering it as an exception, and that he contrived to leave it really exceptional. It did not in the least degree break the rounded clearness of his loyalty to social custom. It did not in the least degree weaken the sanctity of the general rule. At a supreme crisis of his life he did an unconventional thing, and he lived and died conventional. It would be hard to say whether he appears the more thoroughly sane in having performed the act, or in not having allowed it to affect him.
Robert Browning (1903)
Monday, May 18, 2020
Sunday, May 3, 2020
-A Short History of England (1917)
Sunday, March 29, 2020
In our Rolling Road column this issue...we make reference to the character Manuel of Fawlty Towers fame. Here's an interesting trifle about Andrew Sachs, the wonderful actor who played Manuel: He also played Father Brown! In 1984, BBC radio produced 13 episodes of Father Brown stories. You can listen to them on the Internet Archive: http://archive.org/d…/FatherBrown_201704/Father+Brown+02.mp3
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
-Illustrated London News, September 10, 1910
Thursday, January 23, 2020
"Christianity has died many times and risen again; for it had a God who knew the way out of the grave."
Now if we were to dip below the surface of history, as it is not in the scope of this argument to do, I suspect that we should find several occasions when Christendom was thus to all appearance hollowed out from within by doubt and indifference, so that only the old Christian shell stood as the pagan shell had stood so long. But the difference is that in every such case, the sons were fanatical for the faith where the fathers had been slack about it.
-The Everlasting Man (1925)
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
-Utopia of Usurers (1917)
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Monday, January 20, 2020
Sunday, January 19, 2020
-November 8, 1913, Illustrated London News
Thursday, January 16, 2020
(For those interested, the project I was working on was to complete copying out the entire Bible by hand. I had already been working on it for a while, but I wished the past few months to especially focus on it till I completed it, and hence why I was not updating this blog. But now that I have completed it, things can return to normal, and my regular posting habits can resume.)