Stumbling through the Internet one night, I came across a list of the 10 best Christian books of 2011. One of those was a biography of G.K. Chesterton. Now the name rang a bell and I couldn’t remember why. So I looked the fellow up. Boy was he busy! Per Wikipedia:
“His prolific and diverse output included philosophy, ontology, poetry, plays, journalism, public lectures and debates, literary and art criticism, biography, Christian apologetics, and fiction, including fantasy and detective fiction.”
That’s the kind of list that you just stand back at and say ‘wow’. It makes me want to read his biography more. You can only assume that he spent most of his adult life writing, or experiencing something new so that he might write about it.
Of course then I looked up famous quotes of his, and found a couple that I’ve heard pastors use. If you’re looking for an amusing and insightful read, try going through even a page of his quotes here. Here are some of my favorites.
“Just going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car.”
“Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.”
“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”
“Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.”
“Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.”
“If there were no God, there would be no atheists.”
“It [feminism] is mixed up with a muddled idea that women are free when they serve their employers but slaves when they help their husbands.”
“Dear Sir: Regarding your article ‘What’s Wrong with the World?’ I am. Yours truly,”
“How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win.”
“One sees great things from the valley, only small things from the peak.”
“Merely having an open mind is nothing. The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.”