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I really should spend more time reading and writing about Chesterton. Try this one on:

“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.”

6 Responses to “Sunday Morning Ponderence”

  1. Steve says:

    Ah, yes, a quotation found on many a Unitarian Universalist refrigerator. One of my favorites, even though I consider myself a devout atheist.

  2. Mike says:

    A little gratuitous, don’t you think? I like to take everything GKC says with a grain of salt. Like, “When a man stops believing in God he doesn’t then believe in nothing, he believes anything.” My astrologer says that one’s bunk. The Man Who Was Thursday is great fiction, though.

  3. Agree with Steve above. You know… my grandmother was born in 1896 in Hungary and when she learned in a citizenship class about the separation of Church and State, she stopped going to church. The coins of Austria-Hungary called Franz Josef the Apostolic King, but to my family, there was only one Apostolic King and it was not Franz Josef. So, my grandparents with religious without church. And my mother was spiritual without religion. So, I am affirmative of “something” I cannot define or understand and perhaps that is the only delimitation:
    Peter Townsend’s Parvardigar

  4. Harry says:

    Well, who cares who said it and if it is on Unitarian refrigerators? Does anybody have something better to say about life?

    Every day is a good day when you learn something new, even something that is old hat to Unitarians. Learning anything, doing anything is a good day, for which we should say grace.

  5. Brent says:

    @Harry: Any day above ground is a good day. We must learn to lower those expectations whenever possible…

    I don’t know, it just always struck me as funny- and maybe not “haha” funny- that atheists only exist because God does. After all, how sensical would it be to not believe in something that does not exist…

  6. Harry says:

    Haha, Brent. You said it better than I. I have never had the time to read any G. K. Chesterton, having to play golf, pool, pinball, etc., but WC reads for us. For now, as far as I know we are above ground and above room temperature.

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