Humility – Where Has It Moved? (Chesterton)

 This one is worth reading aloud – a few times.

“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.”

G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy (SanFransisco: Ignatius Press, 1995), 36-37.

shane lems

sunnyside wa

2 Replies to “Humility – Where Has It Moved? (Chesterton)”

  1. Thank you for this quote from the quotable Chesterton. I read Orthodoxy many years ago- and very much appreciated it, though he took an unfortunate swipe at Calvinism (blaming William Cowper’s insanity on Calvinistic theology).

    What I loved about this book, if I remember correctly, is that he used humility as an apologetic for Christianity. It was beautiful… and encouraging.

    It seemed to support our Savior’s words in Matthew 11:25-30: hidden from the wise and learned and revealed to little children.

    God bless you,

    chuck fry


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