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.”
“If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time – a tremendous whack.” Winston Churchill “Grammar is a piano I play by ear. All I know about grammar is its power.” Joan Didion “I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done.” Steven Wright
“Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.” GK Chesterton
The world seems full of people who spend their entire life looking for answers to life’s questions. Some of them (though entirely too few) are quite good at finding answers. Because to them, it’s the answer that’s important. Not who gets there first. Not which flag is flying over the ship which first sails into uncharted waters. Not which corporation funded the exploration of that far off, undiscovered country. It’s about the solutions, to the problems which arise as a natural part of humanity’s innate curiosity. As one rather outstanding writer once put it, there is no such thing as an uninteresting subject – there are only uninterested people.