Thursday, December 13, 2007

G. K. Chesterton



Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers. In the perfect stranger we perceive man himself; the image of a God is not disguised by resemblances to an uncle or doubts of wisdom of a mustache.
-G. K. Chesterton

And, of course, he penned this wonderful line...

The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
-G. K. Chesterton

9 comments:

Halfang said...

I like cheese! :=)

Chance said...

No... No, that one will never do. That is not a splendid mustache. He's a nice example of an Imposing Figure, but his mustache is decidedly mediocre.

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B said...

I concur with Chance. Chesterton has clearly become wildy overconfident with fame and recognition, and believes his moustache will groom itself.

Perhaps Chesterton's moustache does indeed groom itself. However, I would no sooner let my moustache groom itself than I would let my moustache govern the household staff or write my letters to The Times. It is evidently not up to doing the job.

Jake_L_974 said...

Though I am quite taken by the majesty of this man's second chin, I will try to compose something worthy of the curdled and pressed dairy products.

bardhol said...

He also said, "You cannot grow a beard in a moment of passion", though this is not, I take it, to be meant as advocacy on the behalf of beardism.

Panamon said...

An ode to the glorious Swiss -

How soft and smooth your eyes do flow,
How sweet and rich your scent.

The pungent taste and and flavorful breath
To which your form gives vent.

Oh sweet and creamy Swiss Emmental,
Your bittersweet, earthy flavour
Enriches any sandwich true
And fills my heart with amour.

janice said...

In the perfect stranger we perceive man himself
dog ear problems

Pat and Marcus said...

Ahh. . .Chesterton. Not only mustachioed, but a genius.