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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

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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 examp...more

A collection of essays about odds-and-ends of the era. His first essay is on the empheral and how insignificant the essays all are -- and how their worst fault is that they are so serious, since he could not expend the effort to make them funny.

But he touches on canvassing for vote, i...more

If I were to rate this based on how often I actually agreed with Chesterton, this would probably get a two. Chesterton is an English Christian apologist from the early 1900s; I am very much none of those things, and I'm a feminist to boot.

Luckily, I can enjoy essays without agreeing w...more

G.K. Chesterton was, I think, right about a good many things. But there is one thing that I think he most certainly got wrong. It comes to us at the end of the first essay in this book. He says of his book All things Considered, "Brief as is the career of such a book as this, it may last just twe...more

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...more

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.

Classic Chesterton - always a pleasure to read and although this book was published over 108 years ago, the content is still current. My favourite chapter in this book is entitled 'The Fallacy of Success' and I am in full agreement with it; the sad thing is that no-one was listening then and they...more

I literally LOL'd multiple times. Loved this collection of essays.

Physics, you can take back your Diracs and your Einsteins. I raise you Chesterton, the maddest genius of his day.

A highly entertaining and insightful compilation of musings on a wide variety of topics, All Things Considered sometimes seems time-bound (I am not always familiar with the people and events to which Chesterton is referring) but is often oddly a propos of the current moment. For example, Chestert...more

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