Wordy but Worth It

Wordy but Worth It
“He can only get away from death by continually stepping within an inch of it. A soldier surrounded by enemies, if he is to cut his way out, needs to combine a strong desire for living with a strange carelessness about dying. He must not merely cling to life, for then he will be a coward, and will not escape. He must not merely wait for death, for then he will be a suicide, and will not escape. He must seek his life in a spirit of furious indifference to it; he must desire life like water and yet drink death like wine.”
—G.K. Chesterton in Orthodoxy (1908)

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874–1936) was an English writer, philosopher, and Christian apologist (the religious discipline of defending religious doctrines through systematic argumentation and discourse) who is often referred to as the “prince of paradox.” He also wrote 53 stories featuring the fictional priest-detective Father Brown, which have been turned into radio dramas, films, TV series, and even manga comics.

Wordy but Worth It

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