Chesterton: You Irritate Me Sublimely

“Do you know, Mr. Buck,” said the King, staring gloomily at the table, “the admirable clearness of your reason produces in my mind a sentiment I trust I shall not offend you by describing as an aspiration to punch your head. You irritate me sublimely.”

– G.K. Chesterton, The Napoleon of Notting Hill (p. 78)



  1. I’m still chuckling and shaking my head.
    That’s one of those lines that you wish you had written – it’s just so smashing!

    P.S. As a fellow fanatic of quotes, wittisisms and words (not just words but robust vocabulary…alright, often plain words set together in just such a way can make a more striking comment than plethora of perspicacity, but I digress) I think this blog is a great idea. I have a notebook that’s quite similar to it; and this quote is going in there πŸ™‚

    P.P.S. Just thought about the fact you probably have no idea who I am; (I only have a vague idea who you are, so I guess that makes us about even) I’m a Kingdom Pen subscriber, and lover of words. Nice to meet you. πŸ˜€


  2. Goodness, that was a prompt reply!
    I just dropped back around to see if you had posted anything new; and you did πŸ™‚

    P.S. Great blog title, that’s what drew me over here you know…

    P.P.S. I seem to like PS’s ….. πŸ˜€


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