An Appreciation
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Happy Birthday…

Today is the day on which we remember the birth of one of the more prolific writers the English language has ever managed to produce…

G(ilbert) K(eith) Chesterton was born on this day in 1874, and died in 1936.
So if any of the following quotes seem somewhat old-fashioned, or indeed even prophetic, keep the fact of when he was writing in the forefront, if you please…


“Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.”

“We have had no good comic operas of late, because the real world has been more comic than any possible opera.”

“This is the age in which thin and theoretic minorities can cover and conquer unconscious and untheoretic majorities.”

“The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected.”

“Over-civilization and barbarism are within an inch of each other. And a mark of both is the power of medicine-men.”

“I have little doubt that when St. George had killed the dragon he was heartily afraid of the princess.”


The quotes go on and on, seemingly forever.
Here’s a listing of Chesterton’s prodigious output, found on the American Chesterton website:

In 1900, he was asked to contribute a few magazine articles on art criticism, and went on to become one of the most prolific writers of all time. He wrote a hundred books, contributions to 200 more, hundreds of poems, including the epic Ballad of the White Horse, five plays, five novels, and some two hundred short stories, including a popular series featuring the priest-detective, Father Brown. In spite of his literary accomplishments, he considered himself primarily a journalist. He wrote over 4000 newspaper essays, including 30 years worth of weekly columns for the Illustrated London News, and 13 years of weekly columns for the Daily News. He also edited his own newspaper, G.K.’s Weekly. (To put it into perspective, four thousand essays is the equivalent of writing an essay a day, every day, for 11 years…)


If I were to be exiled to the proverbial desert island, and was only allowed, say, five books to take with me, something by Chesterton would definitely be on the list…


To one of my all time favorite writers…
Happy Birthday, GK…





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