Marginalia, no.316

His soul will never starve for exploits or excitements who is wise enough to be made a fool of. He will make himself happy in the traps that have been laid for him; he will roll in their nets and sleep. All doors will fly open to him… [He] will always be “taken in.” To be taken in everywhere is to see the inside of everything. It is the hospitality of circumstance. With torches and trumpets, like a guest, the greenhorn is taken in by Life.

~ G.K. Chesterton, Charles Dickens

To be made a fool of is the very best that one can hope for. This is perhaps, in summary, the moral of Don Quixote, Tristram Shandy, Gargantua and Pantagruel, The Pickwick Papers, Twelfth Night, and Montaigne at his best. If we credit St Paul, it is foolishness rather than cleanliness that approximates divinity. “For the foolishness of God is wiser than men.”

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