Here in America, we're celebrating Memorial Day, honoring all those in the military who gave their lives for the country. We ask all of you, in your kindness, to pray for their souls and their families. May the dead rest in peace.

But this day is also the anniversary of G. K. Chesterton's birth. He entered into the world on this day in 1874, 132 years ago.

The Communists, Socialists, many anarchists and those in league with the accursed Illumunati have May 1st as their day of celebration. Around the world, those in league with them march and protest in "May Day" parades, pushing the bloody cause of global socialism and Communism under the disguise of fighting for "worker's rights" and their twisted version of social justice.

If we Distributists ever had a special day for us to mark, this day - May 29th - would be our day, along with the birthdate of Hilaire Belloc. A date to pray for the repose of Gilbert's soul, as well as that of his dear wife Francis. A date to remember the movement and cause he and Belloc co-founded, which others over the decades have refined and developed. A date to renew our commitment to God and ourselves to continue our efforts toward the dawn of a Distributist Earth.

We at the DR, therefore, wish to all our readers worldwide a Happy Gilbert's Day!

And in honor of his birthday, here are some quotes of his to ponder over:

"One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self is more distant than any star."

"To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world."

"No animal ever invented anything as bad as drunkenness - or so good as drink."

"The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him."

"We make our friends; we make our enemies; but God makes our next-door neighbour."

"To be clever enough to get all the money, one must be stupid enough to want it."

And finally this quote from 1920 - originally found here - regarding child care outside the home:

"If people cannot mind their own business, it cannot possibly be more economical to pay them to mind each other's business, and still less to mind each other's babies....Ultimately, we are arguing that a woman should not be a mother to her own baby, but a nursemaid to somebody else's baby. But it will not work, even on paper. We cannot all live by taking in each other's washing, especially in the form of pinafores."


Anonymous,  Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 3:24:00 PM CDT  

From which of Chesterton's works is the following quote "To the world you may be just one person,..."?

Thanks for your response.

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