Chesterton on Loving Characters in Real Life

It is often said that we learn to love the characters in romances as if they were characters in real life. I wish we could sometimes love the characters in real life as we love the characters in romances. There are a great many human souls whom we should accept more kindly, and even appreciate more clearly, if we simply thought of them as people in a story. — G. K. Chesterton, What I Saw in America

This quote brought to mind an article I posted awhile back claiming that fiction readers make better friends — perhaps IF they follow Chesterton’s advice here? Also reminded of my musings on a thread of the Great Conversation between Lewis and Dostoyevsky concerning love, updated with a delightfully picturesque description of this idea from Chesterton himself. One more reason to read widely in our favorite authors; we see the same ideas coming up in so many different ways. Ah…the delights of this Great Conversation!

Eine Gesellige Runde by Otto Goldman, 1887

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