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Orthodoxy

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Author: G.K. Chesterton
Published: 1908
Language: English
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 70.2
LoC Category: BL
Audiobook: www.archive.org
Downloads: 12,698
mnybks.net#: 1687
Origin: gutenberg.org

Companion to Heretics.

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ome. We need to be happy in this wonderland without once being merely comfortable. It is THIS achievement of my creed that I shall chiefly pursue in these pages.

But I have a peculiar reason for mentioning the man in a yacht, who discovered England. For I am that man in a yacht. I discovered England. I do not see how this book can avoid being egotistical; and I do not quite see (to tell the truth) how it can avoid being dull. Dulness will, however, free me from the charge which I most lament; the charge of being flippant. Mere light sophistry is the thing that I happen to despise most of all things, and it is perhaps a wholesome fact that this is the thing of which I am generally accused. I know nothing so contemptible as a mere paradox; a mere ingenious defence of the indefensible. If it were true (as has been said) that Mr. Bernard Shaw lived upon paradox, then he ought to be a mere common millionaire; for a man of his mental activity could invent a sophistry every six minutes. It is as easy as lying

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Average Rating of 5 from 2 reviews: *****
2007.11.06
Sarah
*****

A wonderful book, everything that he says builds upon each other until his final argument is made. He is a genius writer.

2007.02.19
Matthew
*****

One of the best books I have ever read. Chesterton's writing style has brought me back to this book 5 times his wisdom is timeless. His ever present humor is witty and intellectual.


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