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January 12, 2012

“In everyone there is a certain thing that loves babies, that fears death, that likes sunlight: that thing enjoys Dickens.”
G.K. Chesterton

I just stumbled across this quote in “The Quotable Chesterton”. As always, G.K. says it better than I ever could.


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  1. G.K. Chesterton–one of my favs. He wrotes magnificently descriptive words about the Brontes, but I can’t find the quote right now. Something about how their writing blasted readers like a harsh wind from the north across the moors. Quite beautiful and fitting.

  2. Yes! G.K. is excellent. I recently downloaded his bio/study of Dickens, which is where that quote originally came from. I downloaded that book, and was also further pushed towards enrolling in this class, after stumbling across another quote I found in an essay by Geoffrey Hill (my fav. living poet) entitled “Poetry as ‘Menace’ and ‘Atonement'”. Anyway, the G.K. quote was “a saint after repentance will forgive himself for a sin; a man about town will never himself for a faux pas. There are ways of getting absolved for murder; there are no ways of getting absolved for upsetting the soup.” This seems alarmingly true, and I am really interested to see how it relates to (Chesterton’s understanding of) Dickens. I will also have to hunt down that quote about the Brontes, thanks.

  3. Love this quote!

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