Archive for January, 2008

Desperate optimists

“The person who is really in revolt is the optimist, who generally lives and dies in a desperate and suicidal effort to persuade other people how good they are.”

G.K. Chesterton, Introduction to The Defendant

Criticize yourself

“What embitters the world is not excess of criticism, but an absence of self-criticism.”

G.K. Chesterton, Sidelights on New London and Newer New York

Extreme repentance

The adjective extreme has become popular in recent years. People are proud of being extreme. They engage in extreme sports, listen to extreme music, and watch “Extreme Makeover.” Church youth groups even called themselves “Generation X-Treme,” which gives you an idea of how long the word has been popular in popular culture, since the oldest examples of Generation X are now over 40.

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