Thursday, June 21, 2007

How To Tell When I Have Finally Gotten 'Round to Reading the Latest Number of "Gilbert" Magazine

Chestertoniana starts appearing in The Inn.


It may or may not be true that man's great use for language is to conceal his thoughts; but I suppose that we should all agree to the somewhat analogous proposition that the one great use of newspapers is to suppress news. (Illustrated London News, March 2, 1907)

You may talk of God as a metaphor or a mystification; you may water Him down with gallons of long words, or boil Him to the rags of metaphysics; and it is not merely that nobody punishes, but nobody protests. But if you speak of God as a fact, as a thing like a tiger, as a reason for changing one's conduct, then the modern world will stop you somehow if it can. ("The Philosopher," George Bernard Shaw)

The new theologians often say that the old creeds need re-statement; but though they say it, they do not mean it. They mean exactly the opposite. They do not mean that we should find new words to express the exact meaning of the old doctrines. They mean that we should say the old words, but agree that they mean something entirely different. (Illustrated London News, July 3, 1920)

I was born of respectable but honest parents; that is, in a world where the word "respectability" was not yet exclusively a term of abuse, but retained some dim philological connection with the idea of being respected. ("Hearsay Evidence", Autobiography)

-All lifted from the April/May 2007 number of Gilbert Magazine