Friday, January 8, 2010

Wisdom from Chesterton

  • "The act of defending any of the cardinal virtues has today all the exhilaration of a vice." - A Defense of Humilities, The Defendant, 1901

  • "A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it." - Everlasting Man, 1925

  • "Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions." - ILN, 4/19/30

  • "Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance." - The Speaker, 12/15/00

  • "An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." - On Running After Ones Hat, All Things Considered, 1908

  • "What embitters the world is not excess of criticism, but an absence of self-criticism." - Sidelights on New London and Newer New York

  • "He is a [sane] man who can have tragedy in his heart and comedy in his head." - Tremendous Trifles, 1909


His Handmaiden said...

Oh, I like all of them!
Especially the adventure/inconvenience one and the last one.
I think my parents have done very well in giving me a great sense of humor, and being able to see the funny side of almost every situation.

dura mater said...

I should letter a couple of these to post on the walls. Good reminders! Thanks!