Archive for February, 2014

Orthodoxy by G K Chesterton – VI

An imbecile habit has arisen in modern controversy of saying that such and such a creed can be held in one age but cannot be held in another. Some dogma, we are told, was credible in the twelfth century, but is not credible in the twentieth. You might as well say that a certain philosophy can be believed on Mondays, but cannot be believed on Tuesdays. You might as well say of a view of the cosmos that it was suitable to half-past three, but not suitable to half-past four. What a man can believe depends upon his philosophy, not upon the clock or the century.

Orthodoxy by G K Chesterton – V

Love is not blind; that is the last thing that it is. Love is bound; and the more it is bound the less it is blind.

Orthodoxy by G K Chesterton – IV

This is the actual history of mankind. This, as a fact, is how cities did grow great. Go back to the darkest roots of civilization and you will find them knotted round some sacred stone or encircling some sacred well. People first paid honour to a spot and afterwards gained glory for it. Men did not love Rome because she was great. She was great because they had loved her.

Orthodoxy by G K Chesterton – III

In the fairy tale an incomprehensible happiness rests upon an incomprehensible condition. A box is opened, and all evils fly out. A word is forgotten, and cities perish. A lamp is lit, and love flies away. A flower is plucked, and human lives are forfeited. An apple is eaten, and the hope of God is gone.

Orthodoxy by G K Chesterton – II

The test of all happiness is gratitude; and I felt grateful, though I hardly knew to whom.

Orthodoxy by G K Chesterton – I

Here I am only trying to describe the enormous emotions which cannot be described. And the strongest emotion was that life was as precious as it was puzzling. It was an ecstasy because it was an adventure; it was an adventure because it was an opportunity.

Dragons by G. K. Chesterton

Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.

― G.K. Chesterton

Intelligent by Albert Einstein

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

― Albert Einstein

Sorrow by Ellen Kushner

If you find yourself saying, ‘I have no right to be sad; I have a home and enough to eat and a warm bed and good health….’

Yes, there is sorrow in the world. But don’t use others’ misfortune as a stick to beat yourself in your own discontent.

– Ellen Kushner

Once Upon a Time by Terri Windling

Once upon a time there was a girl, there was a boy, there was a poor woman who wanted, there was a queen who couldn’t have, there was a witch who lived under, there was a green frog at the bottom of, there was a troll, a tree, a bear, a bright-eyed bird who knew the secret of, there was a fairy who had lost, there was a child who had found, there was a wizard who had made, there was a princess who had broken, there was a story trying to be told.

– Terri Windling