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All Things Considered

G. K. Chesterton

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Another delightful and sharply pointed excursion into the topics of the day, and of this day as well, with Gilbert Keith Chesterton. These reprinted magazine articles are filled with his good natured wit, his masterful use of paradox, and devastating ability to use reductio ad absurdum to destroy the popular myths that drive a society driving full-speed into secular humanism. You will come away with a whole new collection of wonderful quotes.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Similarly our England may have a right to congratulate itself upon the fact that her politics are very quiet, amicable, and humdrum. But she must not congratulate herself upon that fact and also congratulate herself upon the self-restraint she shows in not tearing herself and her citizens into rags. Between two English Privy Councillors polite language is a mark of civilisation, but really not a mark of magnanimity.

Allied to this question is the kindred question on which we so often hear an innocent British boast—the fact that our statesmen are privately on very friendly relations, although in Parliament they sit on opposite sides of the House. Here, again, it is as well to have no illusions. Our statesmen are not monsters of mystical generosity or insane logic, who are really able to hate a man from three to twelve and to love him from twelve to three. If our social relations are more peaceful than those of France or America or the England of a hundred y. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Every time I read a book by Chesterton, I come away with a ton of quotes that I just want to memorise. This book is no exception.

All Things Considered is a collection of Chesterton's essays for London Daily News and covers a wide variety of topics. Some of the topics are light-hearted (for example,

A very enjoyable book missing a 'point' yet containing the wonderful thoughtfulness and humour of a Cockney patriot.

The topics are quite dated. I like the writing style and I’m assuming Christopher Hitchens did too as there are some great similarities in his own essays in terms of phrasing at least. The Worship of the Wealthy is easily my favourite essay in the book; he gets to the point quicker than usual and wi

ENGLISH: A collection of press articles written by Chesterton and published as a book in 1908. His invectives about the press are still as applicable today as they were over one century ago.

This book is filled with Chestertonian wit and paradoxes. Among its many quotable quotes, I have selected jus

This was a highly entertaining read. While much of it had to do with the issues of Chesterton's day, his insight into things still applies today.
There were a couple of times he rambled, but I still enjoyed every minute of this book.

I've heard it said of some writers, I would read his grocery list. If this is Chesterton's self-admitted collection of writings scraps, I would say he is in that league. Taken alone, his thoughts on sensational "American style" journalism, are worth the read. Only the word "soundbite" has yet to be

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