QUOTABLES: G.K. Chesterton on “Exulting in Monotony”

“Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.” -G.K. Chesterton

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  1. rorydean says:

    It is by happenstance and curiosity alone that I stumbled here, half believing I’d find a reason to stay, hopeful the other way, always disappointed in the end. It is because of monotony that I pause to reflect on these words, inspired to comment, to listen the way I do sometimes mysteriously, other times at morning and other times at or about midnight, for the whispers I know to be there. If only I could bend an ear against such automatic necessity, resist the urge to get lost in the folds of perpetual infancy and just be. Hope you don’t mind my rambling.

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