Writing and Jesus

“The abyss between Christ and all His modern interpreters is that we have no record that He ever wrote a word, except with His finger in the sand. The whole is the history of one continuous and sublime conversation. It was not for any pompous proclamation, it was not for any elaborate output of printed volumes; it was for a few splendid and idle words that the cross was set up on Calvary and the earth gaped, and the sun was darkened at noonday.”

G.K. Chesterton in Twelve Types

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A Beast of Himself

“The teetotaller has chosen a most unfortunate phrase for the drunkard when he says that the drunkard is making a beast of himself. The man who drinks ordinarily makes nothing but an ordinary man of himself. The man who drinks excessively makes a devil of himself. But nothing connected with a human and artistic thing like wine can bring one nearer to the brute life of Nature. The only man who is, in the exact and literal sense of the words, making a beast of himself is the teetotaller.”

G.K. Chesterton in Charles Dickens

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Vast Anticipation of Christmas

“Most journalists have to write their Christmas articles somewhere about the last days of their summer holiday; and prepare to launch them, at the earliest, about the middle of the autumn. They have to stuff their imaginations with holly and mistletoe while gazing at the last rose of summer; or call up a vision of falling snowflakes in a forest of falling leaves. “

G.K. Chesterton in the Illustrated London News,  December 23, 1933

Curator’s Note – This is true with the current Kickstarter for I Hate Christmas! How to Identify and Overcome your Inner Christmas Villain. In order to have it in print by Christmas, it has to be funded as Summer turns to Fall. You can get a copy by pledging as little as $3. 

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Moralizing Children’s Stories

Many people have wondered why it is that children’s stories are so full of moralizing. The reason is perfectly simple: it is that children like moralizing more than anything else, and eat it up as if it were so much jam. The reason why we, who are grown up, dislike moralizing is equally clear: it is that we have discovered how much perversion and hypocrisy can be mixed with it; we have grown to dislike morality not because morality is moral, but because morality is so often immoral. But the child has never seen the virtues twisted into vices; the child does not know that men are not only bad from good motives, but also often good from bad motives. The child does not know that whereas the Jesuit may do evil that good may come, the man of the world often does good that evil may come. Therefore, the child has a hearty, healthy, unspoiled, and insatiable appetite for mere morality; for the mere difference between a good little girl and a bad little girl. And it can be proved by innumerable examples that when we are quite young we do like the moralizing story.

G.K. Chesterton in the Daily News

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