Luxories of Life

ive us the luxuries of life and we will dispense with the necessities.

G.K. Chesterton | Saint Thomas Aquinas: The Dumb Ox | p. 119

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Posted by: Jeff A. at 3:59PM 10/20/2011

Tyranny of the Ancients

wo points were always put by those suspicious of the Aristotelianism of Aquinas; and they sound to us now very quaint and comic, taken together. One was the view that the stars are personal beings, governing our lives; the other the great general theory that men have one mind between them a view obviously opposed to immortality; that is, to individuality. Both linger, among the Moderns; so string is still the tyranny of the Ancients. Astrology sprawls over the Sunday papers, and the other doctrine has its hundredth form in what is called Communism; or the Soul of the Hive.

G.K. Chesterton | Saint Thomas Aquinas: The Dumb Ox | p. 57

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Posted by: Jeff A. at 3:57PM 10/20/2011

The Appetite for Truth

he mystic is right in saying that the relation of God and Man is essentially a love-story; the pattern and type of all love-stories. The Dominican rationalist is equally right in saying that the intellect is at home in the topmost heavens; and that the appetite for truth may outlast and even devour all the duller appetites of man.

G.K. Chesterton | Saint Thomas Aquinas: The Dumb Ox | p. 52

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Posted by: Jeff A. at 3:55PM 10/20/2011

The Age of Uncommon Nonsense

s the eighteenth century thought itself the age of reason, and the nineteenth century thought itself the age of common sense, the twentieth century cannot as yet even manage to think itself anything but the age of uncommon nonsense.

G.K. Chesterton | Saint Thomas Aquinas: The Dumb Ox | p. 7

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Posted by: Jeff A. at 3:53PM 10/20/2011

The Only Working Philosophy

ow it is worthy of remark that [Orthodox Christianity] is the only working philosophy. Of nearly all the other philosophies it is strictly true that their followers work in spite of them, or do not work at all. No sceptics work sceptically; no fatalists work fatalistically; all without exception work on the principle that it is possible to assume what it is not possible to believe. No materialist who thinks his mind was made up for him, by mud and blood and heredity, has any hesitation in making up his mind. No sceptic who believes that truth is subjective has any hesitation about treating it as objective.

G.K. Chesterton | Saint Thomas Aquinas: The Dumb Ox | p. 156

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