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Gilbert K Chesterton
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Faith means believing the unbelievable. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A really great person is the person who makes every person feel great. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We need to be reminded more than we need to be instructed Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is assumed that the skeptic has no bias; whereas he has a very obvious bias in favour of skepticism. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Ten thousand women marched through the streets shouting, 'We will not be dictated to,' and went off and became stenographers. Gilbert K Chesterton
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the object of a new year is not that we should have a new year, but rather that we should have a new soul. Gilbert K Chesterton
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No animal ever invented anything as bad as drunkenness - or so good as drink. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I do not feel any contempt for an atheist, who is often a man limited and constrained by his own logic to a very sad simplification. Gilbert K Chesterton
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If you attempt an actual argument with a modern paper of opposite politics, you will have no answer except slanging or silence. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A man imagines a happy marriage as a marriage of love; even if he makes fun of marriages that are without love, or feels sorry for lovers who are without marriage. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Theology is only thought applied to religion. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The great majority of people will go on observing forms that cannot be explained; they will keep Christmas Day with Christmas gifts and Christmas benedictions; they will continue to do it; and some day suddenly wake up and discover why. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The voice of the special rebels and prophets, recommending discontent, should, as I have said, sound now and then suddenly, like a trumpet. But the voices of the saints and sages, recommending contentment, should sound unceasingly, like the sea. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is not really any courage at all in attacking hoary or antiquated things, any more than in offering to fight one's grandmother. The really courageous man is he who defies tyrannies young as the morning and superstitions fresh as the first flowers. The only true free-thinker is he whose intellect is as much free from the future as from the past. Gilbert K Chesterton
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These are the things which might conceivably and truly make men forgive their enemies. We can only turn hate to love by understanding what are the things that men have loved; nor is it necessary to ask men to hate their loves in order to love one another. Just as two grocers are most likely to be reconciled when they remember for a moment that they are two fathers, so two nationals are most likely to be reconciled when they remember (if only for a moment) that they are two patriots. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The sceptics, like bees, give their one sting and die. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The home is not the one tame place in the world of adventure. It is the one wild place in the world of rules and set tasks. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Jokes are generally honest. Complete solemnity is always dishonest. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is no great harm in the theorist who makes up a new theory to fit a new event. But the theorist who starts with a false theory and then sees everything as making it come true is the most dangerous enemy of human reason. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Men can construct a science with very few instruments, or with very plain instruments; but no one on earth could construct a science with unreliable instruments. A man might work out the whole of mathematics with a handful of pebbles, but not with a handful of clay which was always falling apart into new fragments, and falling together into new combinations. A man might measure heaven and earth with a reed, but not with a growing reed. Gilbert K Chesterton
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...it is not necessary to the child to awaken to the sense of the strange and humorous by giving a man a luminous nose...to the child it is sufficiently strange and humorous to have a nose at all. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The average man votes below himself; he votes with half a mind or a hundredth part of one. A man ought to vote with the whole of himself, as he worships or gets married. A man ought to vote with his head and heart, his soul and stomach, his eye for faces and his ear for music; also (when sufficiently provoked) with his hands and feet. If he has ever seen a fine sunset, the crimson color of it should creep into his vote. The question is not so much whether only a minority of the electorate votes. The point is that only a minority of the voter votes. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Every man is important if he loses his life;and every man is funny if he loses his hat and has to run after it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Materialists and madmen never have doubts. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We all feel the riddle of the earth without anyone to point it out. The mystery of life is the plainest part of it. The clouds and curtains of darkness, the confounding vapors, these are the daily weather of this world. Gilbert K Chesterton
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And they that rule in England, in stately conclaves met, alas, alas for England they have no graves as yet. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Education is the period during which you are being instructed by somebody you do not know, about something you do not want to know. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying. Gilbert K Chesterton
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In matters of truth the fact that you don't want to publish something is, nine times out of ten, a proof that you ought to publish it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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'My country, right or wrong' is a thing no patriot would ever think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying 'My mother, drunk or sober.' Gilbert K Chesterton
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New roads; new ruts. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The ordinary scientific man is strictly a sentimentalist. He is a sentimentalist in this essential sense, that he is soaked and swept away by mere associations. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The Catholic Church is the only thing that saves man from the degrading slavery of being a child of his age. Gilbert K Chesterton
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People decided that it was impossible to achieve any of the good of Socialism, but they comforted themselves by achieving all the bad. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The man who says, 'my country right or wrong' is like the man who says, 'my mother drunk or sober' Gilbert K Chesterton
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The first fact about the celebration of a birthday is that it is a way of affirming defiantly, and even flamboyantly, that it is a good thing to be alive. Gilbert K Chesterton
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People in high life are hardened to the wants and distresses of mankind as surgeons are to their bodily pains. Gilbert K Chesterton
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This is, first and last, the real value of Christmas; in so far as the mythology remains at all it is a kind of happy mythology. Personally, of course, I believe in Santa Claus; but it is the season of forgiveness, and I will forgive others for not doing so. Gilbert K Chesterton
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If the world becomes pagan and perishes, the last man left alive would do well to quote the Iliad and die. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It seems a pity that psychology has destroyed all our knowledge of human nature. Gilbert K Chesterton
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No sane person, I hope, would accuse me of saying that every Distributist must drink beer; especially if he could brew his own cider or found claret better for his health. But I do most emphatically scorn and scout the vulgar refinement that regards beer as something unseemly and humiliating. And I would shout the name of beer a hundred times a day, to shock all the snobs who have so shameful a sense of shame. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The Darwinian movement has made no difference to mankind, except that, instead of talking unphilosophically about philosophy, they now talk unscientifically about science. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Tea, although an OrientalIs a gentleman at least;Cocoa is a cad and coward,Cocoa is a vulgar beast. Gilbert K Chesterton
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What is called matriarchy is simply moral anarchy, in which the mother alone remains fixed because all the fathers are fugitive and irresponsible. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We lose our bearings entirely by speaking of the 'lower classes' when we mean humanity minus ourselves. Gilbert K Chesterton
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...there is in life an element of elfin coincidence which people reckoning on the prosaic may perpetually miss. As it has been well expressed in the paradox of Poe, wisdom should reason on the unforeseen. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The word 'heresy' not only means no longer being wrong; it practically means being clear-headed and courageous. The word 'orthodoxy' not only no longer means being right; it practically means being wrong Gilbert K Chesterton
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Tradition is only democracy extended through time; it may be defined as an extension of the franchise. Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who are merely walking about. All democrats object to men being disqualified by accident of birth; tradition objects to their being disqualified by accident of death. Democracy tells us not to neglect a good man's opinion, even if he is our father. Gilbert K Chesterton
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To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The center of every man's existence is a dream. Death, disease, insanity, are merely material accidents, like a toothache or a twisted ankle. That these brutal forces always besiege and often capture the citadel does not prove that they are the citadel. Gilbert K Chesterton
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When you break the big laws, you do not get liberty; you do not even get anarchy. You get the small laws. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Love is not blind; that is the last thing that it is. Love is bound; and the more it is bound the less it is blind. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Oscar Wilde said that sunsets were not valued because we could not pay for sunsets. But Oscar Wilde was wrong; we can pay for sunsets. We can pay for them by not being Oscar Wilde. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The State did not own men so entirely, even when it could send them to the stake, as it sometimes does now where it can send them to the elementary school. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A dead thing goes with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Here ends another day, during which I have had eyes, ears, hands and the great world around me. Tomorrow begins another day. Why am I allowed two? Gilbert K Chesterton
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Against a dark sky all flowers look like fireworks. There is something strange about them, at once vivid and secret, like flowers traced in fire in the phantasmal garden of a witch. Gilbert K Chesterton
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How can it be a large career to tell other people's children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one's own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? No. A woman's function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute. I will pity Mrs. Jones for the hugeness of her task; I will never pity her for its smallness. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A thing may be too sad to be believed or too wicked to be believed or too good to be believed; but it cannot be too absurd to be believed in this planet of frogs and elephants, of crocodiles and cuttle-fish. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Do not be proud of the fact that your grandmother was shocked at something which your are accustomed to seeing or hearing without being shocked. ... It may be that your grandmother was an extremely lively and vital animal and that you are a paralytic. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The repetition in Nature may not be a mere recurrence; it may be a theatrical encore. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Among the rich you will never find a really generous man even by accident. They may give their money away, but they will never give themselves away; they are egotistic, secretive, dry as old bones. To be smart enough to get all that money you must be dull enough to want it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Well, if I am not drunk, I am mad," replied Syme with perfect calm; "but I trust I can behave like a gentleman in either condition. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The prophet and the quack are alike admired for a generation, and admired for the wrong reasons. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Meaninglessness does not come from being weary of pain. Meaninglessness comes from being weary of pleasure. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Human anger is a higher thing than what is called divine discontent. For you must be angry with something; but you can be discontented with everything. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The real pleasure-seeking is the combination of luxury and austerity in such a way that the luxury can really be felt. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There are many books which we think we have read when we have not. There are, at least, many that we think we remember when we do not. An original picture was, perhaps, imprinted upon the brain, but it has changed with our own changing minds. We only remember our remembrance. Gilbert K Chesterton
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