G.K. Chesterton

Chesterton was a British author creator of father Brown a fictional Roman Catholic priest and amateur detective of Chesterton's short stories.  Known as the "prince of paradox", Chesterton is supposed to have handled episodes of writer's block by firing arrows from his window into the garden.  From the Father Brown series, here's an excerpt from "The Secret Garden:" 

“The garden was large and elaborate, and there were many exits from the house into the garden. But there was no exit from the garden into the world outside; all round it ran a tall, smooth, unscalable wall with special spikes at the top; no bad garden, perhaps, for a man to reflect in whom some hundred criminals had sworn to kill”  


Here's a bit of philosophy from Chesterton:  

"When your father told you, walking about the garden, that bees stung or that roses smell sweet, he did not talk of taking the best out of his philosophy. When the bees stung you, you did not call it an entertaining coincidence; when the rose smell sweet you did not say, 'My father is a rude barbaric symbol enshrining (perhaps unconsciously) the deep delicate truth that flowers smell.' No, you believed your father because you had found him to be a living fountain of facts, a thing that really knew more than you; a thing that would tell you to truth to-morrow as well as to-day."  

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Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Gilbert Keith Chesterton