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All Is Grist

All Is Grist: A Book of Essays by G.K. Chesterton

As the title promises, a collection of essays that Chesterton wrote on a whole lot of topics.

Such as the value of education
The whole point of education is that it should give a man abstract and eternal standards, by which he can judge material and fugitive conditions. If the citizen is to be a reformer, he must start with some ideal which he does not obtain merely by gazing reverently at the unreformed institutions. And if any one asks, as so many are asking: 'What is the use of my son learning all about ancient Athens and remote China and medieval guilds and monasteries, and all sorts of dead or distant things, when he is going to be a superior scientific plumber in Pimlico?' the answer is obvious enough. 'The use of it is that he may have some power of comparison, which will not only prevent him from supposing that Pimlico covers the whole planet, but also enable him, while doing full credit to the beauties and virtues of Pimlico, to point out that, here and there, as revealed by alternative experiments, even Pimlico may conceal somewhere a defect.'


Also, the illogical and romantic view of logic. Whether Dante's Beatrice really existed. How he was old enough to remember when telephones came in. The Significant Literature of his day, and why he preferred pure philosophy and murder mysteries. And much more.
Tags: non-fiction: essays, primary source review
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