May 29, 2008: Reading a little Chesterton on his Birthday - 1 Comments

"To be Queen Elizabeth within a definite area, deciding sales, banquets, labors, and holidays; to be Whitely within a certain area, providing toys, boots, cakes, and books; to be Aristotle within a certain area, teaching morals, manners, theology, and hygiene; I can understand how this might exhaust the mind, but I cannot imagine how it could narrow it. How can it be a large career to tell other people's children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one's own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone and narrow to be everything to someone? No, a woman's function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute."

- Chesterton, What's Wrong with the World, 1910


Blogger Erin said...

Beautiful. Thank you. I do love it when Internet karma throws you a bone (if you'll 'scuse the mushy metaphor). This was just what I needed to hear/read.

June 19, 2008 at 3:22 PM  

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