Great Quotation on Sex

This quotation is making the blog rounds (originating here). I think it is a wonderful quotation that our modern culture should definitely hearken unto and digest.

To complain that I could only be married once was like complaining that I had only been born once. It was incommensurate with the terrible excitement of which one was talking. It showed not an exaggerated sensibility to sex but a curious insensibility to it. A man is a fool who complains that he cannot enter Eden by five gates at once. Polygamy is a lack of the realization of sex; it’s like a man plucking five pears in mere absence of mind. (G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy, 103)



  1. Tim Vaughan said,

    November 24, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    What does he mean can only marry once?

  2. Tim Harris said,

    November 24, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    I believe he means “at one time” although with Chesterton’s RC proclivities (and eventual affiliation) he may not make that distinction.

    It should probably be mentioned that the word “sex” for a Victorian meant something more like “vive la difference” than what the word has been debased to mean today. Probably why bloggers are so excited by the quote.

  3. jared said,

    November 24, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    Bloggers are excited about the quote because Chesterton is awesome.

  4. November 25, 2009 at 12:49 am

    By the way, if you’d like a weekly dose of Chesterton, you can go to It’s a fine blog – even if it’s not mine!

  5. GLW Johnson said,

    November 25, 2009 at 6:40 am

    I share Jared’s assessment . Read Chesterton’s acerbic (and very Tridentine ) remarks about Calvinism and I am lead to conclude that the man ,for all his rhetorical flare , either deliberately indugled in distortion or is guilty of inexcusable ignorance.

  6. tim prussic said,

    November 25, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Jared, you made me laugh out loud here at work! Good job! Chesterton is both awesome and inexcusable, to be sure.

  7. jared said,

    November 25, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    GLW Johnson,

    Perhaps even both. I’d still take a wager that we’ll see him in heaven though.


    Hope I didn’t get you into trouble! ;-)

  8. tim prussic said,

    November 26, 2009 at 2:02 am

    Nah, work by myself… no harm done.

  9. Darlene said,

    December 6, 2009 at 11:22 am

    GK was a wise man and in many respects, a voice that spoke to the extavagences of society, not only his but societies across the board. I care not that he was RC – truth can be spoken through various receptacles. Did not God speak through a dockey? :)

    Just my two cents from an Orthodox catechumen.

    Christ be with you all.

  10. Daniel F said,

    December 18, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Having not studied him at great length, but having enjoyed several of his books immensely, I would say that Chesterton is the most Protestant of the Romanists.

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