Only if one worked in a really sweeping and masterly way, and laid on the color in great washes, it might drip down again on one's face in floods of rich and mingled color like some strange fairy rain; and that would have its disadvantages. This alarming growth of good habits really means a too great emphasis on those virtues which mere custom can ensure, it means too little emphasis on those virtues which custom can never quite ensure, sudden and splendid virtues of inspired pity or of inspired candour. This, however, is not generally a part of the domestic apparatus on the premises. Chesterton, On Lying in Bed, from , pp. It is the great peril of our society that all its mechanisms may grow more fixed while its spirit grows more fickle.
Edited and Adapted from an essay by G. The first part is that items that are desired by humans can often be found in unusually normal places. In spite of his literary accomplishments, he considered himself primarily a journalist. The tone now commonly taken toward the practice of lying in bed is hypocritical and unhealthy. He wrote a hundred books, contributions to 200 more, hundreds of poems, including the epic Ballad of the White Horse, fi Gilbert Keith Chesterton 1874-1936 was born in London, educated at St. I suppose every one must have reflected how primeval and how poetical are the things that one carries in one's pocket; the pocket-knife, for instance, the type of all human tools, the infant of the sword.
See the for works about G. Then the light of that white heaven broke upon my vision, that breadth of mere white which is indeed almost the definition of Paradise, since it means purity and also means freedom. The caution is this: if you do lie in bed, be sure you do it without any reason or justification at all. When a cow came slouching by in the field next to me, a mere artist might have drawn it; but I always get wrong in the hind legs of quadrupeds. Of all the marks of modernity that seem to mean a kind of decadence, there is none more menacing and dangerous than the exultation of very small and secondary matters of conduct at the expense of very great and primary ones, at the expense of eternal ties and tragic human morality.
What he does tell you is to eat the book, that you do not live by bread alone, and that when you do lie down, as well as when you get up, to let that word dominate the conversation Deut. Secondly, people have begun to mix order of priorities. They painted the white robes of their holy virgins with the blinding snow, at which they had stared all day. Such assistance is likely to make you more United! He states that he looks on walls, paper, and several other places. But if a healthy man lies in bed, let him do it without a rag of excuse; then he will get up a healthy man.
I examined the walls; I found them to my surprise to be already covered with wallpaper, and I found the wallpaper to be already covered with uninteresting images, all bearing a ridiculous resemblance to each other. For years I have been looking for some blank spaces in a modern house to draw on. For my proposal to paint on it with the bristly end of a broom has been discouraged - never mind by whom; by a person debarred from all political rights - and even my minor proposal to put the other end of the broom into the kitchen fire and turn it to charcoal has not been conceded. Which is not the case. He explains this nature through humor and wit in this particular essay, On Lying in Bed.
I do not exactly know what Turkish Delight really is; but I suppose it is Macedonian Massacres. But when I tried to find these fine clear spaces in the modern rooms such as we all live in I was continually disappointed. The larger files are also available as zip archive files. The world is too busy for such inactivity. He does this by showing the three parts of his theory on human nature. For years I have been looking for some blank spaces in a modern house to draw on. I crossed one swell of living turf after another, looking for a place to sit down and draw.
I do not exactly know what Turkish Delight really is; but I suppose it is Macedonian Massacres. Although this work initially comes across as an informal rambling, Chesterton presents his first theme of what one can do while lying in bed in a vivid and picturesque fashion. These are the topics explained by G. In this short essay, G. I dare say that when I get out of this bed I shall do some deed of an almost terrible virtue. Likewise, people in modern society have priorities jumbled.
Chastity does not mean abstention from sexual wrong; it means something flaming, like Joan of Arc. But I found it would be too long, and the age of the great epics is past. Secondly, people have begun to mix order of priorities. Last modified: 19th Sept, 2002 , , Leicester. A collection of songs are taken from The Flying Inn with the exception of The Good Rich Man and The Song of the Strange Ascetic, which originally appeared in The New Witness. Of all the marks of modernity that seem to mean a kind of decadence, there is none more menacing and dangerous that the exaltation of very small and secondary matters of conduct at the expense of very great and primary ones, at the expense of eternal ties and tragic human morality. Chesterton was the master of the short essay and could spin, with wit and grace, an essay a day for many years of his life.