fanciful semblance of decency

THERE are many who insist on all that was dark or gross or negligent in the conditions of early barbarism, so that modern civilization may for one wild moment take on a fanciful semblance of decency. But old things have to be made very black indeed, if modern things are not to look blacker.    ~G.K. Chesterton in Generally Speaking, 1929




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3 thoughts on “fanciful semblance of decency

  1. Hmmm. Thank you, Gretchen. I like this Chesterton quote I found at Heather's blog:
    “You say grace before meals.
    All right.
    But I say grace before the concert and the opera,
    And grace before the play and pantomime,
    And grace before I open a book,
    And grace before sketching, painting,
    Swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing
    And grace before I dip the pen in the ink.”

    — G. K. Chesterton

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