Tuesday, December 20, 2005

'You should not look a gift universe in the mouth.'

The American Chesterton Society has a new blog. A bit of Chesterton's wisdom about philosophy (from his book on Shaw):

Philosophy is not the concern of those who pass though Divinity and Greats, but of those who pass through birth and death. Nearly all the more awful and abstruse statements can be put in words of one syllable, from 'A child is born' to 'A soul is damned.' If the ordinary man may not discuss existence, why should he be asked to conduct it?

And one of my favorite sentences in Chesterton, from The Common Man:

The best reason for a revival of philosophy is that unless a man has a philosophy certain horrible things will happen to him.

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