“His soul will never starve for exploits or excitements who is wise enough to be made a fool of. He will make himself happy in the traps that have been laid for him; he will roll in their nets and sleep. All doors will fly open to him who has a mildness more defiant than mere courage… [He] will always be ‘taken in.’ To be taken in everywhere is to see the inside of everything. It is the hospitality of circumstance. With torches and trumpets, like a guest, the greenhorn is taken in by Life. And the sceptic is cast out by it.”
G.K. Chesterton, in Charles Dickens
3 thoughts on “He will roll in their nets and sleep.”
Oh, my, what a wonderful quote! Chesterton was a genius. And that is so true. I think in modern times of Andy Taylor and Barney Fife from the Andy Griffith Show. Andy always laughed along with those who made fun of him. Barney was always offended. May we all be Andy Taylor. 😁
I am quite taken by this quote. It just went into my journal for today.