While I've been perusing C. S. Lewis' personal library at the Wade Center this week, I've also come across some of Lewis' favorite quotes from G. K. Chesterton. Here are just a few, underlined in Lewis' copy of Chesterton's Orthodoxy:
"You can make a story out of a hero among dragons; but not out of a dragon among dragons. The fairy tale discusses what a sane man will do in a mad world. The sober realistic novel of to-day discusses what an essential lunatic will do in a dull world."
"Nietzsche started a nonsensical idea that men had once sought as good what we now call evil; if it were so we could not talk of surpassing or even falling short of them. How can you overtake Jones if you walk in the other direction?"
"But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, 'Do it again' to the sun.... It may be that he has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we."
If you happen to be in the area, I will be giving a talk at the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College tomorrow at 11:15 am and signing copies of my new book, Speaking of Jack: a C. S. Lewis Discussion Guide. For more information click here:
Wade Center Event