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Talk:G. K. Chesterton

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Tentative SourcesEdit

If basicincome.com is to be believed, the quote "you can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it." is from Daily News 25 Feb 1905

68.21.181.103 01:53, 19 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Worth Adding?Edit

Wonder if this is worth adding.

"A thoroughly strong man swinging a sledge-hammer can tap the top of an eggshell. A weaker man swinging a sledge-hammer will break the table which it stands into pieces. Also, if he is a very weak man, he will be proud of broken the table, and call himself a strong man dowered with the destructive power of an Imperial race…"

G. K. Chesterton -from Robert Louis Stevenson (1902)

Am I Allowed to Add/Worth Adding?Edit

I stumbled upon some recordings of G.K. Chesterton himself, and I was wondering if I'm allowed to put them up. They can be found on Youtube. Moreover, if I am allowed to put them up, are they even worth putting up? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJjtJrvo87I

UnsourcedEdit

  • 'Free verse'? You may as well call sleeping in a ditch 'free architecture.'
  • The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion.
    • Superior version, from Magic: A Fantastic Comedy:
      • I object to a quarrel because it always interrupts an argument. 205.225.192.66 22:38, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

ImagesEdit

These do not belong into an encyclopedia. They have NO INFORMATIONAL VALUE. Please remove.

It's a tradition of Wikiquote to include a collection of illustrations on the pages. Personally, I think that's a great idea, as it looks beautiful. 89.77.170.202 22:45, 15 February 2009 (UTC)

Chesterton's quotes are, at the very least, provocative of thought, even in angry reply. I would think that that would be of great value to those who can handle the challenge of the examined life.

"Fairy tales" quotationEdit

What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon.

This is sourced to Tremendous Trifles; I don't own this book myself to check its correctness, but the same source is given for the quotation in Martin Gardner's Annotated Father Brown.

Fairy tales are more than true — not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.

This is given no source other than the nebulous "As quoted in Coraline (2004) by Neil Gaiman, epigraph." Unless someone can provide a source for Chesterton having written these words, I suspect this is simply Gaiman abbreviating the above quotation. 91.107.149.14 22:40, 14 March 2011 (UTC)

The first quote is correct, and may be found on page 130 of the 1910 edition in essay XVII, "The Red Angel". (There are several online editions of Tremendous Trifles, e.g. Project Gutenberg and Wikisource.) The earliest source I can find for the second is the attribution by Gaiman, so I share your skepticism. The attribution has been repeated fairly widely since then (even in introductions to reprints of Chesterton's works!) so I moved and annotated it as a "variant." ~ Ningauble 14:02, 15 March 2011 (UTC)
FWIW, Neil Gaiman addressed this on his blog. He did indeed misquote Chesterson: http://neil-gaiman.tumblr.com/post/42909304300/my-moms-a-librarian-and-planning-to-put-literary

Some additional source informationEdit

For the the following quote:

  • Earnest Freethinkers need not worry themselves so much about the persecutions of the past. Before the Liberal idea is dead or triumphant we shall see wars and persecutions the like of which the world has never seen.
    • Daily News, 18th February 1905

I would like to offer additional sourcing as follows -

    • as cited in G.K. Chesterton: the apostle of common sense (2003), Dale Ahlquist, Ignatius Press, p. 181 (Chapter XVI – Conclusion: Chesterton For Today) : ISBN 0898708575, 9780898708578
    • and as cited in Things Past (reprint,1979), Malcolm Muggeridge, Morrow, p. 148 : ISBN 0688034454, 9780688034450

Given the length of the main page, & near-identical source information for other quotes, I felt that the Discussion page might be a better place for the above info. CononOfSamos (talk) 16:41, 14 April 2011 (UTC)