Category: Meditations

  • G. K. Chesterton on romance and religion

    In his introduction to the Everyman edition of Charles Dickens’s Nicholas Nickleby, G. K. Chesterton comments on how religion and romance are similar. Mind you, when Chesterton says “religion,” what he really means is “Christianity”; thus his is a narrow perspective indeed. Even so, I’m going to quote some of what he says, interspersed with…

  • Noted without comment

    A letter from Dr. Samuel Johnson, to his friend Dr. Lawrence whose wife had just died: “The loss, dear Sir, which you have lately suffered, I felt many years ago, and know therefore how much has been taken from you, and how little help can be had from consolation. He that outlives a wife whom…