Saturday, June 2, 2012

GK: A man made for the age of sound bites

G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936) is probably one of wittiest of the Catholic converts the Church was privileged to welcome. Having been a journalist from England he was made for the age of sound bites. He debated George Bernard Shaw, a journalist himself and a play writer, whose ideas pioneered the culture of death.

Bishop Fulton Sheen once said that Chesterton never used a useless word. Below are just a few of his quotes which demonstrate his keen intellectual gift. I hope you enjoy them.

• Happiness is not only a hope, but also in some strange manner a memory ... we are all kings in exile.

• Don't ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up.

• Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.

• I say that a man must be certain of his morality for the simple reason that he has to suffer for it.

• It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong.

• If there were no God, there would be no Atheists.

• The Reformer is always right about what's wrong. However, he's often wrong about what is right.