The Eternal Revolution

“If our life is ever really as beautiful as a fairy tale, we shall have to remember that all the beauty of a fairy tale lies in this: that the prince has a wonder which stops just short of being fear. If he is afraid of the giant, there is an end of him; but also if he is not astonished at the giant, there is an end of the fairy tale. The whole point depends upon his being at once humble enough to wonder, and haughty enough to defy. So, our attitude to the giant of the world must not be merely increasing delicacy or increasing contempt: it must be one particular proportion of the two – which is exactly right. We must have enough reverence for all things outside us to make us tread fearfully on the grass. We must also have enough disdain for all things outside of us to make us, on due occasion, spit at the stars.” – G. K. Chesterton

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