The wonder of creation, of bringing light out of darkness, of beginning, is renewed again with all holiness when the Christian man and woman, made one in Christ, bring into being a living soul. For each little child is like a church, bigger on the inside than on the outside — more vast than all the rest of the universe, and timeless. The universe is seeded in time, but the child is oriented toward the time beyond time. The universe is bounded by what is, but the child is oriented toward what is to be. Every time a child is conceived in the holy embrace of marriage, it is the Word that speaks sacramentally again, and we can cry out with the psalmist, saying, “Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth” (cf. Ps. 104:30).
- Anthony Esolen in Reflections on the Christian Life
Fairy tales, then, are not responsible for producing in children fear, or any of the shapes of fear; fairy tales do not give the child the idea of the evil or the ugly; that is in the child already, because it is in the world already. Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon.
- GK Chesterton in The Red Angel
In the folk tale, good is good and evil is evil, and the former will triumph and the latter will fail. This is not the result of the imaginative quest. It is rather its principle and foundation. It is what will enable the child later on to understand Macbeth, or Don Quixote, or David Copperfield.
- Anthony Esolen in Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child