Sunday, March 16, 2014

Chesterton on Marriage

Every weekend in 2014, we're digging into the prolific work of G.K. Chesterton with Amongst Lovely Things. Join us! All you need is a snippet- a short quote taken from anything he's written. Blog it and link up below, or share your snippet to the comments on this post.

You can add commentary or photos if you'd like (you know I can't ever resist adding a photo, myself!), but all you need is a snippet. Let's keep this thing simple! Reading even a few lines of Chesterton every week is bound to be profitable.


This past week, I've been listening to the Audible version of What's Wrong with the World.  I had the (free) Kindle version, so the Audible was only $.99!  It makes getting through the book a lot easier.

It occurred to me during my listening that Chesterton is so quotable because he speaks in sound-bites. I've tried to find the thread of his argument in this book and have failed, repeatedly. He doesn't so much state a thesis and support it as he tells stories that illustrate his points. My husband, The Genius, wholeheartedly supported my theory when I explained it to him, so that makes me feel better. I thought I was a bit of a dunce and Chesterton was too big for me to comprehend. I think this revelation will make listening, or reading, a bit easier.

After nearly 28 years of  marriage, I got a chuckle out of this statement:

I have known many happy marriages, but never a compatible one. The whole aim of marriage is to fight through and survive the instant when incompatibility becomes unquestionable. For a man and a woman, as such, are incompatible.
G. K. CHESTERTON, What's Wrong with the World
The Genius and I are compatible in many ways, but we are, in the end, men and women who are fundamentally different from one another. And God knew best what He was about by making us incompatible, for He made us complementary. We complete each other.

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