“On the seventh day of creation”

The most unfathomable schools and sages have never attained to the gravity which dwells in the eyes of a baby of three months old. It is the gravity of astonishment at the universe, and astonishment at the universe is not mysticism, but a transcendent common-sense. The fascination of children lies in this: that with each of them all things are remade, and the universe is put again upon its trial. As we walk the streets and see below us those delightful bulbous heads, three times too big for the body, which mark these human mushrooms, we ought always primarily to remember that within every one of these heads there is a new universe, as new as it was on the seventh day of creation. In each of those orbs there is a new system of stars, new grass, new cities, a new sea.

— The Defendant (1901).

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Published in: on April 24, 2019 at 9:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

“A paradox in its center”

The cross, though it has at its head a collision and a contradiction, can extend its four arms for ever without altering its shape.  Because it has a paradox in its center it can grow without changing.  The circle returns upon itself and is bound.  The cross opens its arms to the four winds; it is a signpost for free travelers.

Orthodoxy (1908).

Published in: on April 17, 2019 at 11:56 am  Leave a Comment  

“Faults and follies”

When we reverence anything in the mature, it is their virtues or their wisdom, and this is an easy matter. But we reverence the faults and follies of children.

— The Defendant (1901).

Published in: on April 10, 2019 at 10:55 am  Leave a Comment  

Impenitence

The soul does not die by sin but by impenitence.

— The Resurrection of Rome (1930).

(Hat-tip: Society of GKC)

Published in: on April 3, 2019 at 8:26 am  Leave a Comment