Quote of the Day– from G.K. Chesterton

“[W]hat we suffer from today is humility in the wrong place.
Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has
settled upon the organ of conviction; where it was never meant to
be. A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting
about the truth; this has been exactly reversed. Nowadays the part
of a man that a man does assert is exactly the part he ought not to
assert – himself. The part he doubts is exactly the part he ought not
to doubt – the Divine Reason. [Biologist Thomas Henry] Huxley
preached a humility content to learn from Nature. But the new
skeptic is so humble that he doubts if he can even learn. Thus we
should be wrong if we had said hastily that there is no humility
typical of our time. The truth is that there is a real humility typical
of our time; but it so happens that it is practically a more poisonous
humility than the wildest prostrations of the ascetic.21 (G.K. Chesterton— Orthodoxy, p. 55)

  • John Walker

    Chesterton is one of the most brilliant thinkers and social-critics of the 20th century. It’s a shame writers like him seem absent in present scholarship.


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