Friday, May 11, 2012

Chesterton on Broadway

    When I had looked at the lights of Broadway by night, I made to my American friends an innocent remark that seemed for some reason to amuse them. I had looked, not without joy, at that long kaleidoscope of coloured lights arranged in large letters and sprawling trade-marks, advertising everything, from pork to pianos, through the agency of the two most vivid and most mystical of the gifts of God; colour and fire. I said to them, in my simplicity, "What a glorious garden of wonders this would be, to any one who was lucky enough to be unable to read."
What I Saw in America by G. K. Chesterton, quoted in Kevin Belmonte's Defiant Joy: The Remarkable Life & Impact of G.K. Chesterton, which I stumbled across at Ollie's Bargain Outlet of all places.

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