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G.K. Chesterton: How to Find Endless Wonder in Your Music

Tuesday Quotes are short explorations of music, life, and the daily endeavor of practicing classical guitar. Enjoy!


We are perishing for lack of wonder, not for lack of wonders.

G.K. Chesterton


What’s so interesting about stamps? Baseball cards? Fancy decorated eggs?

And what’s so interesting about turtles? Whippets? Dinosaurs?

And what’s the big deal with history? Astronomy? Engineering? Music?

The answer is: nothing.

There is nothing inherently interesting or wonderful in any of these. Or anything else.

But each becomes an entire universe when we add one alchemical ingredient. Each becomes full of fascination, depth and endless discovery.

And what is the key to unlock the gate to any garden?

Curiosity.

But not the noun curiosity. Not the word to be thought about. But the verb curiosity. The action of looking closer and wondering. The act of prodding and poking and asking questions.

Any subject, including music, is rich with nuance and detail, just below the surface. And it’s there to be discovered, if only we dig.

If ever we feel the world dry and lackluster, it’s not because it is so. It’s because we’ve zoomed out too far. We can remedy this in an afternoon of verbs: Learn. Question. Engage.



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-George Rogers

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