Sunday, March 8, 2009

Displaced Humility

"What we suffer from today is humility in the wrong place. Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has settled upon the organ of conviction, where it was never meant to be. A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth; this has been exactly reversed. Nowadays the part of a man that a man does assert is exactly the part he ought not to assert -- himself."

G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy, chapter three, "The Suicide of Thought."

HT:Ray Ortlund


Nan said...

Oh, that Mr. C! Do you know of Gilbert magazine?

and the Society?

Joyce said...

I knew about the Society but not the magazine. Anything that lets me read more Chesterton is a good find!

Super B's Mom said...

WOW. Powerful stuff!!