Saturday, December 19, 2009

From the Mail

After an unconscionably long time, the latest number of Gilbert arrived the other day. The eponymous Gilbert is, of course, G.K. Chesterton, with whom we have been spending the evening.

A man can impose education without having it himself. But a man cannot hand on tradition without having it himself.
-The English Peasant

The limitations of a liberal mind are much more dangerous than those of a narrow one.
-The Observer 11/13/1919

The free man owns himself. He can damage himself with either eating or drinking; he can ruin himself with gambling. If he does he is certainly a damn fool, and he might possibly be a damned soul; but if he may not, he is not a free man any more than a dog.


It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged.