Gilbert Keith Chesterton was an English writer, Christian, theologian, philosopher, and critic. He was born in 1874 and died of congestive heart failure in 1936. I first learned of this man through the British film series, Father Brown, which was referred to me by my mother and is based upon a character created by Chesterton. It seems that G.K. Chesterton was quite the character himself, as well as a great thinker. After looking into him and finding some of his quotes, I decided to share the ones that stood out to me. I am sharing them because they are not only entertaining, but also thought provoking. I hope you enjoy.
“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”
“An adventure is only inconvenience rightly considered. An Inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.”
“The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.”
“The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people.”
“The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder.”
“The reason angels can fly is because they take themselves lightly.”
“Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.”
Alright, I’ll admit that one or two of these quotes are more silly than they are thought provoking. However, I admire Chesterton’s willingness to be light-hearted. I also admire his willingness to engage in discussion with those he disagreed with, which he did on a regular basis. Some of those he debated regularly were his closest “friendly enemies.” Come to think of it, it seems to me that honest discussion, while maintaining civility and goodwill, has become increasingly rare these days. I sincerely hope it makes something of a comeback. Well, hopefully reading this tickled an interest in looking deeper into this man and his life. The past, and those who dwelt in it, is often of more importance than we realize.