G.K. Chesterton: over-looked genuis

Recently, I discovered the sheer joy of reading G.K. Chesterton. His razor sharp wit translates to any age and it is a shame that so many have never become acquainted with it. C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien have found large modern audiences, and rightfully so. Their timeless work can be appreciated as much now as when it was first written.

However, Chesterton’s work is the same. He is, as Ernest Hemingway called him, “a classic.” Chesterton knew how to make a point succinctly and do so in a memorable way. Here are some of my favorite quotes:

  • “A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.”
  • “Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.”
  • “Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance.”
  • “Men invent new ideals because they dare not attempt old ideals. They look forward with enthusiasm, because they are afraid to look back.”
  • “War is not ‘the best way of settling differences; it is the only way of preventing their being settled for you.”
  • “The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”
  • “Once abolish the God, and the government becomes the God.”
  • “All government is an ugly necessity.”
  • “Love means loving the unlovable – or it is no virtue at all.”
  • “The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.”
  • “If there were no God, there would be no atheists.”
  • “Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable.”
  • “There are those who hate Christianity and call their hatred an all-embracing love for all religions.”
  • “These are the days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed except his own.” 
  • “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.”

If you have not done so, find a Chesterton book and discover a writer with controlled flair, a rare gift. Amazon has some of his books free to download on a Kindle or the Kindle App, which can be used on most computers or iPods. If nothing else, Google “G.K. Chesterton quotes” and enjoy his pitch perfect wit.

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Aaron Earls

Christian. Husband. Daddy. Writer. Online editor for Facts & Trends Magazine. Fan of quick wits, magical wardrobes, brave hobbits, time traveling police boxes & Blue Devils.