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G. K. Chesterton on Wonder

May 10, 2011

How can we find delight in any given day? G. K. Chesterton gives a clue:

Children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, ‘Do it again.’ And the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead, for grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, ‘Do it again!’ to the sun, and every evening, ‘Do it again!’ to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike. It may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy, for we have sinned and grown old and our Father is younger than we.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Don permalink
    May 26, 2011 12:07 pm

    This is one of my favourite Chesterton quotes – thanks for reminding me of it! Do you know where it comes from?

    • Mark permalink*
      June 2, 2011 8:43 pm

      I think it could be Orthodoxy chapter 4…!


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