February 16, 2007

Heretics (chapter XVII)


"What we really desire of any man conducting any business is that the full force of an ordinary man should be put into that particular study. We do not desire that the full force of that study should be put into an ordinary man. We do not in the least wish that our particular law-suit should pour its energy into our barrister's games with his children, or rides on his bicycle, or meditations on the morning star. But we do, as a matter of fact, desire that his games with his children, and his rides on his bicycle, and his meditations on the morning star should pour something of their energy into our law-suit. We do desire that if he has gained any especial lung development from the bicycle, or any bright and pleasing metaphors from the morning star, that the should be placed at our disposal in that particular forensic controversy. In a word, we are very glad that he is an ordinary man, since that may help him to be an exceptional lawyer".


Gilbert Keith Chesterton

3 comments:

regiomontano said...

Justo ahora han fundado una nueva revista en España que pinta bien: http://www.chesterton.es/

Enrique G de la G said...

Ah, no la había visto, pero le eché ya un primer vistazo. ¿Quiénes están detrás de ella, algún grupo católico como los Legionarios? Me saltaron a la vista no sólo algunas expresiones y detalles sino incluso el nombre de José Ángel Agejas, que está (o estuvo, tampoco le he seguido tanto la pista) en la Francisco de Vitoria...

Francisco said...

No estoy seguro; el editor es un tal Fúster. Varios participantes son colaboradores de La Ilustración Liberal, no necesariamente católicos pero bastante del lado de la libertad y el sentido común.

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