Chesterton on Love and Marriage 


“The revolt against vows has been carried in our day even to the extent of a revolt against the typical vow of marriage. It is most amusing to listen to the opponents of marriage on this subject. They appear to imagine that the ideal of constancy was a yoke mysteriously imposed on mankind by the devil, instead of being, as it is, a yoke consistently imposed by all lovers on themselves. They have invented a phrase, a phrase that is a black and white contradiction in two words—’free-love’—as if a lover ever had been, or ever could be, free. It is the nature of love to bind itself, and the institution of marriage merely paid the average man the compliment of taking him at his word.”     ~ G. K. Chesterton

2 thoughts on “Chesterton on Love and Marriage 

    • Yes! Chesterton never fails to delight the mind. I feel lighter and younger reading him. It’s like a cleansing bath for my mind, too. He certainly knew how to strike the difficult balance between optimism and pessimism. He was a realistic optimist that still took himself lightly. We have much to learn from him today.

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