Junior Ganymede
We endeavor to give satisfaction

Free of Merit

August 03rd, 2017 by G.

For with the removal of all question of merit or payment, the soul is suddenly released for incredible voyages.  If we ask a sane man how much he merits, his mind shrinks instinctively and instantaneously.  It is doubtful whether he merits six feet of earth.

But if you ask him what he can conquer–he can conquer the stars.

-thus G.K. Chesterton.

The  man was one long endless quote.  I seem to see some a sunny imperial upland somewhere, dotted with natives toiling away on his quote plantations.

OK, just one more.

This gay humility, this holding of ourselves so lightly and yet ready for an infinity of  unmerited triumphs, this secret is so simple.


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August 03rd, 2017 19:42:23

August 4, 2017

Fortunately, his works are in the public domain, available free at gutenberg.org, and free ebooks at Amazon.

August 4, 2017

Yeah, I tried writing a review of one of his books once. I couldn’t because there was too much amazing stuff to quote. I gave up and just said “It was really great.”

August 4, 2017

I’ve only read one of his books – Orthodoxy – but (it being a used paperback copy) by the time I’d finished, I had underlined probably at least half the book. You are correct. G.K. Chesterton was indeed one long endless quote. How he managed it, I’d really like to know – if he ran quote plantations I imagine they’re long gone by now, and I’d like to copy his method somehow for my own use . . .

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