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Favorite Quotes

All of the following quotes come from G. K. Chesterton’s spiritual biography of sorts, Orthodoxy. If you can, I highly recommend that you purchase a copy of this book for yourself, as well as a new pack of highlighters, pencils/pens, and Post-It notes!

What It Means to Be Human, pt. 2

Following my post discussing a few elements of Tolstoy’s short story, “The Death of Ivan Ilyich,” I wanted to address similar concerns in another piece of literature I read. This story is also from another country, now modern-day Czech Republic. Much like Tolstoy, the author explores the nature of humanity through the eyes of one man–what it means to be human–although he actually falls into the modern Romantic period of European literature.

What It Means to be Human

Community. Language. Love. All are easily recognizable and essential elements of human civilization. However, how authors addressed these three issues morphed over time. Pre-modern authors tended to focus on the big picture: man’s relation to the supernatural, vast heroic adventures, morality, the Fall, and war.