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Jan. 24th, 2012 | 2:35

The truth is, that all genuine appreciation rests on a certain mystery of humility and almost of darkness. The man who said, ‘Blessed is he that expecteth nothing, for he shall not be disappointed,’ put the eulogy quite inadequately and even falsely. The truth ‘Blessed is he that expecteth nothing, for he shall be gloriously surprised.’ The man who expects nothing sees redder roses than common men can see, and greener grass, and a more startling sun. Blessed is he that expecteth nothing, for he shall possess the cities and the mountains; blessed is the meek, for he shall inherit the earth. Until we realize that things might not be we cannot realize that things are. Until we see the background of darkness we cannot admire the light as a single and created thing. As soon as we have seen that darkness, all light is lightening, sudden, blinding, and divine. Until we picture nonentity we underrate the victory of God, and can realize none of the trophies of His ancient war. It is one of the million wild jests of truth that we know nothing until we know nothing.
—G. K. Chesterton, Heretics

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houseboatonstyx

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from: houseboatonstyx
date: Jan. 24th, 2012 10:38 (UTC)
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I must get another copy of Blyth's ZEN IN ENGLISH LITERATURE.

(I trust you know this was long before the "Zen and" books, and was about Wordsworth's stolen boat and Dickens's demn'd outline and things like that.)

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I'll see your "wait..." and raise you a "bzuh?"

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from: scionofgrace
date: Jan. 24th, 2012 22:58 (UTC)
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Ooooo!

I've read Orthodoxy, guess I'll have to pick up Heretics. I love the way Chesterton's mind worked.

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Tom Simon

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from: superversive
date: Jan. 24th, 2012 23:44 (UTC)
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In fact, Orthodoxy was written in direct response to criticism Chesterton received for Heretics. You may find it interesting for that reason alone. Of course, I find it well worth reading in its own right.

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marycatelli

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from: marycatelli
date: Jan. 25th, 2012 2:45 (UTC)
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It's amazing what he can do as lit crit.

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headnoises

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from: headnoises
date: Jan. 26th, 2012 4:18 (UTC)
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It's awesome. I grabbed it for something like four bucks several years back, read it while stuck in the middle of nowhere from flooding...still one of the best weekends EVER.

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ilion7

thanks

from: ilion7
date: Jan. 25th, 2012 7:26 (UTC)
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thanks for the quote

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Wendy S. Delmater

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from: safewrite
date: Jan. 25th, 2012 14:16 (UTC)
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Good one.

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