It strikes me as uncanny how much Chesterton knows about the modern scientistic atheist.
The truth is, that it is quite an error to suppose that absence of definite convictions gives the mind freedom and agility.
Mr. Shaw’s old and recognized philosophy was that powerfully presented in ‘The Quintessence of Ibsenism.’ It was, in brief, that conservative ideals were bad, not because they were conservative, but because they were ideals.
But the truth is that there is no more conscious inconsistency between the humility of a Christian and the rapacity of a Christian than there is between the humility of a lover and the rapacity of a lover.
I do not know whether the scientific marriage-mongers are right (as they say) or wrong (as Mr. Wells says) in saying that medical supervision would produce strong and healthy men. I am certain that if it did, the first act of the strong and healthy men would be to smash the medical supervisor.
Unless you are going deliberately to prevent a thing being good, you cannot prevent it being worth fighting for.
In brief, the progress may be as varying as a cloud, but the direction must be as rigid as a French road.
The strong cannot be brave. Only the weak can be brave; and yet again, in practice, only those who can be brave can be trusted, in time of doubt, to be strong.
A great man is not a man so strong that he feels less than other men; he is a man so strong that he feels more.