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All Things Considered

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  641 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was an English writer, philosopher, lay theologian, and literary and art critic. As an author he created the fictional priest-detective Father Brown, and produced several notable works on apologetics including Oethodoxy (1908) and The Everlasting Man (1925). He routinely referred to himself as an 'orthodox' Christian, and came to identi ...more
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Published August 22nd 2006 by Echo Library (first published 1908)
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Skylar Burris
A highly entertaining and insightful compilation of musings on a wide variety of topics, All Things Considered sometimes seems time-bound (I am not always familiar with the people and events to which Chesterton is referring) but is often oddly a propos of the current moment. For example, Chesterton is not speaking of the “War on Terror” when he discusses why we should not fight our enemies “with their own weapons” of torture, but he could be. He is not speaking of modern American politics when h ...more
Amy
"A turkey is more occult and awful than all the angels and archangels In so far as God has partly revealed to us an angelic world, he has partly told us what an angel means. But God has never told us what a turkey means. And if you go and stare at a live turkey for an hour or two, you will find by the end of it that the enigma has rather increased than diminished."

Here is the thing about G.K. Chesterton: he begins discussing Christmas traditions, veers off into why he anti-vivisectionist, and co
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Sarah
This was a highly entertaining read. While much of it had to do with the issues of Chesterton's day, his insight into things still applies today.
There were a couple of times he rambled, but I still enjoyed every minute of this book.
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Manuel Alfonseca
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
ENGLISH: A collection of press articles written by Chesterton and published as a book in 1908. His invectives about the press are still as applicable today as they were over one century ago.

This book is filled with Chestertonian wit and paradoxes. Among its many quotable quotes, I have selected just three:

An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered.

A great classic means a man whom one can praise without having read.

For fear of th
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Eustacia Tan
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Every time I read a book by Chesterton, I come away with a ton of quotes that I just want to memorise. This book is no exception.

All Things Considered is a collection of Chesterton's essays for London Daily News and covers a wide variety of topics. Some of the topics are light-hearted (for example, when he talks about canvassing for votes), while others are a bit more serious (basically when he starts talking about religion or science). But even when he's serious, he's not ponderous. Then again
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Anie
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
If I were to rate this based on how often I actually agreed with Chesterton, this would probably get a two. Chesterton is an English Christian apologist from the early 1900s; I am very much none of those things, and I'm a feminist to boot.

Luckily, I can enjoy essays without agreeing with them. Chesterton is damned hilarious, while also being at times quite compelling. The man has an excellent turn of phrase, he's sharp, and I think that I would very much like to rant and argue with this man over
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Daniel Wright
Physics, you can take back your Diracs and your Einsteins. I raise you Chesterton, the maddest genius of his day.
David
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
I literally LOL'd multiple times. Loved this collection of essays. ...more
Ben
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
G.K. Chesterton was, I think, right about a good many things. But there is one thing that I think he most certainly got wrong. It comes to us at the end of the first essay in this book. He says of his book All things Considered, "Brief as is the career of such a book as this, it may last just twenty minutes longer than most of the philosophies that it attacks." Chesterton seems to say that his book will soon become irrelevant because the philosophies that he attacks in it are so silly as to be u ...more
Mary Catelli
A collection of essays about odds-and-ends of the era. His first essay is on the empheral and how insignificant the essays all are -- and how their worst fault is that they are so serious, since he could not expend the effort to make them funny.

But he touches on canvassing for vote, inconvenience, higher culture, jokes, Christmas and much more. He tells the soldier who said his religion was Methuselahite -- to live as long as he could -- but then, why was he enlisting as a soldier? The famous in
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G.R. Hewitt
Classic Chesterton - always a pleasure to read and although this book was published over 108 years ago, the content is still current. My favourite chapter in this book is entitled 'The Fallacy of Success' and I am in full agreement with it; the sad thing is that no-one was listening then and they still aren't - our bookshops remain crammed with books on how to be successful. Chesterton writes, and rightly so, that “...there is no such thing as Success.” and states that “... there is nothing that ...more
Mary
Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I think I know why I like Chesterton so much: not because he's the great Christian apologist, but because he's the great Christian sophist.

Turns of paradox, disregard for conventional wisdom, all paired with a fierce dedication to the idea that there are something worth fighting for, not least of which, the welfare of our brothers and sisters.
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Brian Eshleman
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've heard it said of some writers, I would read his grocery list. If this is Chesterton's self-admitted collection of writings scraps, I would say he is in that league. Taken alone, his thoughts on sensational "American style" journalism, are worth the read. Only the word "soundbite" has yet to be coined ...more
Heidi
One of the more eclectic and disorganized collections of his essays, but it's worth reading if only for the sake of chapter 24, which is brilliant and an excellent introduction to the spirit that bursts through almost all of Chesterton's writing :o)

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SE Panoply
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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This piece dives right into it’s subject which is plainly stated in the title, Chesterton makes certain to give examples to other genres before seriously laying into the matter of point, but once doing so, doesn’t let up, giving specific reasons to support his side throughout the article.

He starts by describing different sides of the spectrum of the genre of focus, then lands on chivalry and religion at least being about their respective subjects whilst th
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Leslie Moellering
Jan 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chesterton is an incredibly intelligent rambler. If you can wade through all he says, you are sure to pull out gems of insight to ponder and to apply in your life.
Abdelrahman Mustafa
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Chesterton's critical outlook and unwavering voice of Truth opens up gates and windows of understanding the present condition through inspection of the past, in addition to the wit of a genius and the incomparable sense of humor which left me roaring with laughter like no other writer did. This is a much more 'philosophical' writer than most 'philosophers' you've heard about, because he dared to dissent from the traditional philosophical 'form' yet his insight remained powerful and intense. ...more
Ben Thurley
Although the concerns of several of the pieces are pretty opaque to a twenty-first Century reader, this collection of essays and articles is of more than antiquarian interest. G.K. Chesterton was an astute observer of human nature, a genuine eccentric and wit as well as a lovely prose stylist, so there are plenty of thought-provoking snippets to be gleaned throughout the collection, as well deeper offerings on human dignity, wealth and privilege, humour, democracy, identity, nationalism and – of ...more
Joseph Sverker
F. Scott Fitzgerald writes in The Beautiful and the Damned that one tires of Chesterton because of his sheer natural cleverness, or if it was talent (ironically, maybe the same thing can be said about Fitzgerald?). Nonetheless, the latter part of the statement is certainly true. Chesterton is incredibly clever in his articles. However, I certainly don't tire of him, but this is only a selection though. There are many snippets that I will take away with me from this book. His point about science ...more
Hope
Nov 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Sometimes Chesterton’s brilliance leaves me breathless with awe, but most of the time he leaves me feeling like an intellectual midget (not a feeling I particularly enjoy). All Things Considered has moments of genius, but at times it reads like garbled nonsense. Chesterton’s own assessment of himself was that he “suffered from a simplicity verging on imbecility” so maybe that explains it.

Chesterton excuses himself in the book’s introduction by saying that “This is a collection of crude and shape
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Rachel
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Chesterton wrote brilliantly- his musings are quite eloquent and almost always witty. As I read the book I found myself sending entire paragraphs via text because I found them so laughably clever.

At the same time, I must note that it tends towards political incorrectness. Both because he was born in the mid/late 1800's and times were quite different and also because Chesterton seemed to care very little what others thought of him.

He was quick-witted and wrote a thought-provoking book (and if n
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Cynthia Shin
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
How I enjoy reading Chesterton! Funny, witty, absolutely insightful. All Things Considered was a collection of short essays that were really about pretty much all things.

The way he puts his point across is rather interesting. He seems to connect the most unconnectable things together, throw them into the mix, and create something wonderfully insightful. And he maintains a stylish humor while doing so.

I could read more Chesterton. I definitely could. I also wish I knew more about 19th century and
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Vaughn
Feb 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“All Things Considered" brings together about thirty columns that Chesterton wrote for the London Daily News in the years before World War I. There's no theme here. As s the title suggests, it is a mishmash of short articles that wander over everything imaginable (from politics, to daily annoyances, to literature, and many others). The common thread is Chesterton’s wit and high quality writing style.

Overall, the writing was as expected. However, I’m rating it 3 stars due to the Kindle formattin
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Will Yumoto
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Chesterton's wit and mastery of turning what appear to be complex arguments into the simpkeat of ideas shines through in this collection of essays, albeit I found myself disinterested in a few of them, due to my ignorance of the subject matter... a eulogy of a prominent early 19th century Brit, while well-written doesn't hold my thoughts captive the way articles regarding more enduring subjects (like politics, religion, manners, modernism, etc.) does. Worth a read and full of "quotables" that ri ...more
Thomas
May 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'd never read any Chesterton before this. I loved this book. Witty and interesting. The only downside was that he makes reference to people of his day who are generally unknown to modern Americans. I had to look up many of the people discussed. This didn't detract, though, as I now know more than I did before I started reading it. Many of the topics are still applicable today. I highly recommend it. ...more
Joey Heflich
Oct 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Very hard to rate. On one hand, some of these articles are the best crafted English arguments you will ever read. Chesterton is witty to the point of possibly inventing modern British humour, and yet, there's tons of passages in the book that fall short of that mark, mainly because it's a bunch of nonsense about a specific person/culture at a specific time couched in ideas that are a century out of date. I should have read Orthodoxy instead. ...more
John
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays
You can disagree with Chesterton's opinions, but there's no disagreeing with his style and wit. The man was a genius, and each essay in this collection (or in any of his collections) reads like a tour de force. The only reason I give it four stars rather than five is because a few of the topics are dated and probably of little interest to anyone other than the Brits. As far as I'm concerned, however, Chesterton can write about any ol' thing he pleases, and I'll happily gobble it up. ...more
Ruth
Jan 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When skimming the consumer reviews before downloading this from Amazon (not something I generally recommend) I saw someone comment to the effect that these essays have nothing in common except excellence. I would have to agree. Whether I always agree with Chesterton or not, I always find myself appreciating the sharp clarity of his reasoning and the bright lift of his humor.
Emily
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Chesterton's whit is delightful. This is a collection of short articles. Some of the more historical ones (aka the ones about the politics of Chesterton's day) were over my head. But the ones that dealt with more universal subjects were lovely. "Patriotism and Sport" was particularly fun, as was "Fair Tales" ...more
Micah Neely
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: journalism
If there was still journalism like this, then there would still be...journalism.

GKC is frequently best at his most flippant. I'm not sure that's a model that many should follow, but GK illuminates here in his exploration of whatever happened to be current in early 20th c. England in a given week(not the UK, mind you) as much as in many of his more considered treatises.
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Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was born in London, educated at St. Paul’s, and went to art school at University College London. In 1900, he was asked to contribute a few magazine articles on art criticism, and went on to become one of the most prolific writers of all time. He wrote a hundred books, contributions to 200 more, hundreds of poems, including the epic Ballad of the White Horse, fi ...more

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