Wish I’d said that – March 24, 2017

“he [André Malraux] was fond of quoting Napoleon’s proclamation, ‘My life is quite a novel.'”

Algis Valiunas reviewing Olivier Todd’s Malraux: A Life in National Review July 4, 2005 – and I suppose a “pithy” quotation fails if it requires an extensive gloss, but I have to add my reaction on reading this line, namely that if you ever notice such a thing about your own life you need to consider urgently the question “Yes but by which author?”

 

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Wish I’d said that – March 23, 2017

“The true savage is a slave, and is always talking about what he must do; the true civilized man is a free man, and is always talking about what he may do.”

G.K. Chesterton in Illustrated London News April 18, 1906, reprinted in Gilbert! Vol. 3 #5 (March 2000)

 

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Wish I’d said that – March 22, 2017

“Socialism… is full of the idea that an ordinary person is incompetent and must be superseded by an official – who is also an ordinary person. Their whole philosophy is that a thing must not be done by somebody but by somebody else.”

G.K. Chesterton in New Witness July 6 1916, quoted in Gilbert Magazine Vol. 20 # 1 (Sept.-Oct. 2016)

 

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