Chesterton on gratitude

G. K. Chesterton writes about ordinary life in a way that always makes me grateful for it. He also writes about gratitude. Here is some of what he said on the subject:

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. –Gilbert K. Chesterton

There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person. –G. K. Chesterton

The aim of life is appreciation; there is no sense in not appreciating things; and there is no sense in having more of them if you have less appreciation of them. –Gilbert K. Chesterton

When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude. –G. K. Chesterton

You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink. –G. K. Chesterton

When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs? ~G.K. Chesterton

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About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • don

    This is great. Chesterton is one of my favorites. Thank you for sharing. I miss your regular contributions to Tabletalk. I did read your article on colleges. Excellent observations on the changing face of face of relativism on campuses.

    Keep up the good fight!

  • don

    This is great. Chesterton is one of my favorites. Thank you for sharing. I miss your regular contributions to Tabletalk. I did read your article on colleges. Excellent observations on the changing face of face of relativism on campuses.

    Keep up the good fight!

  • Valerie (Kyriosity)

    Any chance you know the source or have more context for the grace before meals quote?

  • Valerie (Kyriosity)

    Any chance you know the source or have more context for the grace before meals quote?


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