Indefinite Hiatus

I have decided to suspend posting the daily Chesterton quote for an unforseen amount of time (unless someone else is willing to host and run it from here on out).

It has been wonderful sharing GKC with the nearly 14,000 of you that are following. But God is calling me on to other things at this time in my life. I hope to be posting new content and projects at Eternal Revolution after the New Year.

(Reminder: Also your last chance for $5 G.K. Chesterton shirts on ebay; the remainder will be donated before the end of the year)

Obscurity as a Curse

The truth, I think, is that obscurity is a kind of curse from God, which often falls upon people either for the sin of intellectual pride or for that of moral timidity. And it is very odd how often the two things go together. It is very odd how often you will find that the man who has enough assurance to despise you, has not enough assurance even to hit you back.

G.K. Chesterton in the Illustrated London News, August 3, 1907

From 1905 until his death in 1936, G.K. Chesterton contributed a weekly column to the Illustrated London News. His columns have been collected in 11 volumes by Ignatius Press
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Hypocrisy and Christmas

If a man called Christmas Day a mere hypocritical excuse for drunkeness and gluttony, that would be false, but it would have a fact hidden in it somewhere. But when Bernard Shaw says that Christmas Day is only a conspiracy kept up by Poulterers and wine merchants from strictly business motives, then he says something which is not so much false as startling and arrestingly foolish. He might as well say that the two sexes were invented by jewellers who wanted to sell wedding rings.

G.K. Chesterton in George Bernard Shaw

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Critics of Religion and Music

An extraordinary idea has arisen that the best critic of religious institutions is the man who talks coldly about Religion. Nobody supposes that the best critic of music is the man who talks coldly about music.

G.K. Chesterton in the Illustrated London News, October 10, 1908

From 1905 until his death in 1936, G.K. Chesterton contributed a weekly column to the Illustrated London News. His columns have been collected in 11 volumes by Ignatius Press
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Amateur

The word amateur has come by the thousand oddities of language to convey an idea of tepidity; whereas the word itself has the meaning of passion. Nor is this peculiarity confined to the mere form of the word; the actual characteristic of these nameless dilettanti is a genuine fire and reality. A man must love a thing very much if he not only practises it without any hope of fame or money, but even practises it without any hope of doing it well. Such a man must love the toils of the work more than any other man can love the rewards of it.

G.K. Chesterton in Robert Browning

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If the Characters are not Wicked, the Book Is

Telling the truth about the terrible struggles of the human soul is surely a very elementary part of the ethics of honesty.  If the characters are not wicked, the book is.

G.K. Chesterton in the Illustrated London News, May 11, 1907

From 1905 until his death in 1936, G.K. Chesterton contributed a weekly column to the Illustrated London News. His columns have been collected in 11 volumes by Ignatius Press
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Revolution of the Saint

The transition from the good man to the saint is a sort of revolution; by which one for whom all things illustrate and illuminate God becomes one for whom God illustrates and illuminates all things. It is rather like the reversal whereby a lover might say at first sight that a lady looked like a flower, and say afterwards that all flowers reminded him of his lady. A saint and a poet standing by the same flower might seem to say the same thing; but indeed though they would both be telling the truth, they would be telling different truths. For one the joy of life is a cause of faith, for the other rather a result of faith.

G.K. Chesterton in St. Francis of Assisi

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Two Modern Revolutions

There is undoubtedly a Bolshevist movement in the modern world, and it must undoubtedly be resisted, though I do not believe very much in your way of resisting it. But what nobody notices is that there is another movement equally modern and equally moving: the great movement towards monopoly or the turning of all trades into trusts. That also is a revolution. That also produces what all revolutions produce. Men will kill for that and against that, as they do for and against Bolshevism. It has its ultimatums and its invasions and its executions. These trust magnates have their courts like kings; they have their bodyguard and bravos; they have their spies in the enemy camp.

G.K. Chesterton in The Incredulity of Father Brown

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