Chesterton Day by Day: The Wit and Wisdom of G. K. Chesterton

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Chesterton Day by Day

Here's G. K. Chesterton's 1912 classic collection of quotes from his writings up to that time, one for each day of the year. In this newly typeset edition, there are notes shedding light on events dimmed by the passage of time, a bibliography of the texts quoted and a detailed 17-page index. (This book was also published as A Chesterton Calendar and The Wit and Wisdom of G. K. ...

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Overview

Chesterton Day by Day

Here's G. K. Chesterton's 1912 classic collection of quotes from his writings up to that time, one for each day of the year. In this newly typeset edition, there are notes shedding light on events dimmed by the passage of time, a bibliography of the texts quoted and a detailed 17-page index. (This book was also published as A Chesterton Calendar and The Wit and Wisdom of G. K. Chesterton.)

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The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.--January 13

Darwinism can be used to back up two mad moralities, but it cannot be used to back up a single sane one. The kinship and competition of all living creatures can be used as a reason for being insanely cruel or insanely sentimental; but not for a healthy love of animals. --January 22

Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has settled upon the organ of convictionÑwhere it was never meant to be. A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth: this has been exactly reversed. . . The old humility was a spur that prevented a man from stopping: not a nail in his boot that prevented him from going on. For the old humility made a man doubtful about his efforts, which might make him work harder. But the new humility makes a man doubtful about his aims, which will make him stop working altogether. --April 2

It is not by any means self-evident upon the face of it that an institution like the liberty of speech is right or just. It is not natural or obvious to let a man utter follies and abominations which you believe to be bad for mankind any more than it is natural or obvious to let a man dig up a part of the public road, or infect half a town with typhoid fever. The theory of free speech, that truth is so much larger and stranger and more many-sided than we know of, that it is very much better at all costs to hear every oneÕs account of it, is a theory which has been justified upon the whole by experiment, but which remains a very daring and even a very surprising theory. It is really one of the great discoveries of the modern time; but once admitted, it is a principle that does not merely affect politics, but philosophy, ethics, and finally, poetry. --May 9

It was Huxley and Herbert Spencer and Bradlaugh who brought me back to orthodox theology. They sowed in my mind my first wild doubts of doubt. Our grandmothers were quite right when they said that Tom Paine and the Freethinkers unsettled the mind. They do. They unsettled mine horribly. The rationalists made me question whether reason was of any use whatever; and when I had finished Herbert Spencer I had got as far as doubting (for the first time) whether evolution had occurred at all. As I laid down the last of Colonel Ingersolls atheistic lectures, the dreadful thought broke into my mind, ÔAlmost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. December 21

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587420146
  • Publisher: Inkling Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Pages: 148
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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