Wednesday, June 14, 2006

From E.C. Bentley, during a broadcast tribute

Gilbert Keith Chesterton was not only one of the most greatly gifted, but one of the most beloved men of his time. [. . .] His intellectual powers were amazing. Included in their range were some of the noblest of modern poems and some of the most sparkling of light verse. Mr. Chesterton had in him the stuff of a great artist in the commonly accepted sense of the word. There was nothing he could not do with a pencil or, by preference, what, in our boyhood, we called a box of chalks. He honoured simplicity and kindness. As he once put it in an unforgettable lyric line - "Kindness which is God's last word."

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