I've mentioned it before, but I never cease to be fascinated by the number of times that Chesterton is mentioned in the blogosphere. For a writer who has largely been forgotten, his words are constantly remembered.
"'It would be much truer to say that a man will certainly fail, because he believes in himself. Complete self-confidence is not merely a sin; complete self-confidence is a weakness.'
"Chesterton used the words just mentioned to illustrate the claim with which he opened the chapter. "Thoroughly worldly people," he claimed, "never understand even the world; they rely altogether on a few cynical maxims, which are not true." Indeed, our sarcastically honest social commentator was right!
"Some people just didn't understand the most basic reason for man's existence and progress: God willed it an allows it to happen. Nothing is or happens apart from God, regardless of how much one man believes in himself. Sadly, Chesterton's message was not heeded by many. Far too few men and women in the 21st century acknowledge that we need more to survive than simply our own faculties."
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