Archive for the ‘Chesterton's Pills’ Category


November 9, 2017

The modern man does not see that civilization stands or falls on the ability of people to keep their word and do what they promised, and not merely what they feel like in the moment. 

Apart from the absent-mindedly reference to Einstein, who was a charlatan not a genius (that was Nikola Tesla), these interview contains pearls of wisdom.

The “secular route” allows Chesterton to speak to everyone about things they can’t really deny. And there are those who would deny. Both individuals who want the “freedom” to do whatever they want, even if it is destructive (and they will deny or belittle the destruction), and forces of big business and government, and the powers behind them, who want ever-cheaper labor and to whom the family as a united thing is an obstacle to increased profits from and power over the people. The family is the one thing that commands an older and higher loyalty than that due to an employer or to the State. Break down the family, and the individual is helpless before the State. Marriage, held as a sacred thing, is a mainline defense against tyranny, and we have seen its sanctity destroyed.

“The point of divorce reform, it cannot be too often repeated, is that the rascal should not only be regarded as romantic, but regarded as respectable. He is not to sow his wild oats and settle down; he is merely to settle down to sowing his wild oats. They are to be regarded as tame and inoffensive oats; almost, if one may say so, as Quaker oats.” 




January 9, 2013

“Tutto passerà, resterà solo lo stupore e soprattutto lo stupore per le cose

“Solo le moderne folle possono permettersi di perseguitare una dottrina, senza neppure definirla.”

“Se c’è qualcosa di peggio dell’odierno indebolirsi dei grandi principi morali, è l’odierno irrigidirsi dei piccoli principi morali.”

“Senza istruzione corriamo il rischio di prendere sul serio le persone istruite.”

“A mio avviso il golf e’ un modo costoso di giocare a biglie.”



December 17, 2012

«Non posso liberarmi dal vago sospetto che la dignità stia in una certa relazione con lo stile».

G. K. Chesterton


June 21, 2012

Man is not merely an evolution but rather a revolution.”



November 19, 2009

“My attitude toward progress has passed from antagonism to boredom. I have long ceased to argue with people who prefer Thursday to Wednesday because it is Thursday.”

New York Times Magazine, 2/11/23


October 30, 2009

“A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.” 

 Everlasting Man, 1925


October 16, 2009

“It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged.” –

The Cleveland Press, 3/1/21