Friday, 15 June 2007

Chesterton and the art of language

I feel proud for my love of Chesterton. Here is what I read recently…

“A man who loves all men enough to use them rightly is a democrat. A man who loves all words enough to use them rightly is a stylist. Style comes out, as the fraternal human sentiment comes out, pre eminently and most definitely in dealing with coarse or everyday things.
Good style treats verbs and particles as good manners treats chairs and tables, easily but in the proper way. There is no such thing as being a gentle man at the important moments; it is at unimportant moments that a man is a gentleman. At important moments he ought to be something better.”

(G.K Chesterton on ‘The style of Newman’ from “A handful of Authors”)

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