From My Commonplace: Stranger Than Fiction

Happy Tuesday! For this edition of From My Commonplace, I submit this quote, a gem from Chesterton’s delightful book The Club of Queer Trades (which you can read for free online here!), for your consideration. I think that what Chesterton calls the “congeniality” of fiction is perhaps one explanation for mankind’s long-enduring fascination with stories–especially stories that spring entirely from the imagination of their authors–and our sometimes mulish unwillingness to accept hard truths.

“So far from paradox,” said his brother, with something rather like a sneer, “you seem to be going in for journalese proverbs. Do you believe that truth is stranger than fiction?”

“Truth must of necessity be stranger than fiction,” said Basil placidly. “For fiction is the creation of the human mind, and therefore congenial to it.”

The Club of Queer Trades, by G.K. Chesterton

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