Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Wifely Duties

G.K. Chesterton likened wifely duties to those of a monarch, a powerful merchant, and a teacher of theology, manners and morals---all performed simultaneously.

"I can understand how this might exhaust the mind, but I cannot imagine how it could narrow it," said Chesterton. "How can it be a large career to tell other people's children about [arithmetic], and a small career to tell one's own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? No; a woman's function is laborious because it is gigantic, not because it is minute. I will pity Mrs. Jones for the hugeness of her task; I will never pity her for its smallness."

---So Much More by Elizabeth and Anna Sofia Botkin


  1. Oh, I love that quote so much. A reader sent it to me some time ago and I copied it down to my encouraging quotes notebook.

  2. what a beautiful comment. I will have to copy it down. G.K Chesterton is one of the writers that I very much want to read.

  3. I love that quote it is so beutiful. I showed my mother and she started crying.


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