Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Coloured Pictures

This is the sort of book we like
(For you and I are very small),
With pictures stuck in anyhow,
And hardly any words at all.

You will not understand a word
Of all the words, including mine;
Never you trouble; you can see,
And all directness is divine—

Stand up and keep your childishness:
Read all the pedants’ screeds and strictures;
But don’t believe in anything
That can’t be told in coloured pictures.


A poem that G.K.C. wrote in a Randolph Caldecott picture book that he presented to a young friend.


Enbrethiliel said...


That's a good moral.

In related news, I've been nursing semi-hypocritical thoughts about the devastation wrought on civilisation by the development of the printing press.

Paul Stilwell said...

That's funny. I was thinking just today about the printing press. Well, not really thinking about it, but more about a comment I wrote about it in a future blog post, a silly remark that I wondered if it was really rather true and not silly.

Please start writing again on Martin Luther is Happy in Heaven. Or should I go and read post after post on the dating one?

Enbrethiliel said...


How could I deny such a simple and direct request? =) Especially one which gives the blog a better name than its actual one. LOL! ;-)

I'll have to start by finishing the November meme.

It's kind of depressing to think that my "Bad Catholic" Month has turned into "Bad Catholic Blogger" Month (without any satire at all directed towards Patheos--which is a whole other level of fail!). But I am still working on my 10,000 Masses project and have "three-paragraph thoughts" that could use a little fleshing out.

Captcha is "bonfunes." Parlez-vous Francais?

love the girls said...

"But don’t believe in anything
That can’t be told in coloured pictures."

I other words, believe in nothing, since nothing grounded in belief can be told exclusively in coloured pictures.

Enbrethiliel said...


I went back to find this post so that I could tell you that I Hope You're Happy, Martin Luther is active again and that the dating blog will be deleted, without a word of explanation, sometime during Easter.

Yeah, I know I'm really slow about getting to these things, but I do get to them eventually.