Nothing Like a Good Read

Our grandson, Peter Samuel, is already availing himself of the many books in his home. 😉 Here he is pictured deeply engrossed in The Autobiography of G.K. Chesterton. 

Speaking of Chesterton, here are a couple of memorable quotes:

“What we suffer from today is humility in the wrong place. Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has settled upon the organ of conviction; where it was never meant to be. A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth; this has been exactly reversed.

Nowadays the part of a man that a man does assert is exactly the part he ought not to assert–himself. The part he doubts is exactly the part he ought not to doubt – the Divine Reason. . . . The new skeptic is so humble that he doubts if he can even learn. . . . There is a real humility typical of our time; but it so happens that it’s practically a more poisonous humility than the wildest prostrations of the ascetic. . . . The old humility made a man doubtful about his efforts, which might make him work harder. But the new humility makes a man doubtful about his aims, which makes him stop working altogether. . . . We are on the road to producing a race of man too mentally modest to believe in the multiplication table.”

G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy, pp. 31-32

“Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.”
G. K. Chesterton

4 thoughts on “Nothing Like a Good Read

  1. Sam says:

    I can’t wait to take him on his first trip to the library. When I was a kid, there was nothing so exciting, so filled with possibilities, as the library. And yes, I hope he somedays discovers the wit and genius of Chesterton. 🙂

  2. Barb says:

    As they say, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”, and another one
    loosely paraphrased, “Like grandma, like grandson!!”

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