Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The Commonwealth Games

Still on holiday, WiFi still very slow so here's a quote which seems to fit the Commonwealth Games quite neatly.

We have the same grossly insincere pretence that sport always encourages a sense of honour, when we know that it often ruins it. Above all, we have the same great upper-class assumption that things are done best by large institutions handling large sums of money and ordering everybody about; and that trivial and impulsive charity is in some way contemptible.
G K Chesterton - What's Wrong with the World (1910)


Sam Vega said...

So much truth and insight in two sentences. Chesterton was a great man.

Demetrius said...

I was reading Chesterton over sixty years ago. He was as relevant then as he is now in many ways.

A K Haart said...

Sam - he was. Enormous common sense always expressed with great gusto.

Demetrius - very relevant. In some areas he had remarkable insight.