Thursday, May 29, 2014

G.K. Chesterton at 140

G.K. Chesterton at workSeven score years ago today, G.K. Chesterton was born.

A few quotes:

  • Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.
  • A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.
  • I believe what really happens in history is this: the old man is always wrong; and the young people are always wrong about what is wrong with him. The practical form it takes is this: that, while the old man may stand by some stupid custom, the young man always attacks it with some theory that turns out to be equally stupid.
  • My attitude toward progress has passed from antagonism to boredom. I have long ceased to argue with people who prefer Thursday to Wednesday because it is Thursday.
  • Men invent new ideals because they dare not attempt old ideals. They look forward with enthusiasm, because they are afraid to look back.
  • It is a most extraordinary fact that all modern talk about self-determination is applied to everything except the self. (Government and the Rights of Man)

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