Archive for April 15, 2008

“To Catch Him in His Words”: Gotcha!!!

G.K. Chesterton is well known for his pithy sayings, he was also king of the “Gotcha!” type fictional detective stories about Father Brown.  This summer I want to read Chesterton’s book Orthodoxy, as well as some of his other writings.  The following are quotes that I like as a teacher of English in a foreign land such as Kazakhstan.  Chesterton was British and lived in a different century but his written words ring true today in Kazakhstan.


A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching.


Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.


Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.


Education is the period during which you are being instructed by somebody you do not know, about something you do not want to know.


I’ve searched all the parks in all the cities and found no statues of committees.


If I had only one sermon to preach it would be a sermon against pride.


In matters of truth the fact that you don’t want to publish something is, nine times out of ten, a proof that you ought to publish it.


No man who worships education has got the best out of education… Without a gentle contempt for education no man’s education is complete.


The fatal metaphor of progress, which means leaving things behind us, has utterly obscured the real idea of growth, which means leaving things inside us.


The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.


There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read.


Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.


Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.


You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution.


Jesus started a revolution with His words two millennium ago.  In Mark 12:13, it is recorded in writing that the Pharisees tried to trap him in his verbal response, so much was He hated.  He discerned His enemies’ hypocrisy and was able to speak words of truth and wisdom about taxes to His enemies.  Pay to Caesar what is his and to God what is rightfully His.  Today, April 15 is TAX day in the U.S.  Good to be reminded what Jesus thoughts were on this delicate subject.  If it had not been written down by Saint Mark, we would not know what Jesus said on this subject.  I’m also glad that Chesterton wrote down his thoughts on various subjects.  What a GREAT advertisement to writing students in Kazakhstan, write down what you know about your nation so others can benefit!!!

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