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Gilbert K Chesterton
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The unconscious democracy of America is a very fine thing. It is a true and deep and instinctive assumption of the equality of citizens, which even voting and elections have not destroyed. Gilbert K Chesterton
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All government is an ugly necessity. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I never could see anything wrong in sensationalism; and I am sure our society is suffering more from secrecy than from flamboyant revelations. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The modern city is ugly not because it is a city but because it is not enough of a city, because it is a jungle, because it is confused and anarchic, and surging with selfish and materialistic energies. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Self-denial is the test and definition of self-government. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Women have a thirst for order and beauty as for something physical; there is a strange female power of hating ugliness and waste as good men can only hate sin and bad men virtue. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Any one thinking of the Holy Child as born in December would mean by it exactly what we mean by it; that Christ is not merely a summer sun of the prosperous but a winter fire for the unfortunate. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It's not that we don't have enough scoundrels to curse; it's that we don't have enough good men to curse them. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Idolatry is committed, not merely by setting up false gods, but also by setting up false devils; by making men afraid of war or alcohol, or economic law, when they should be afraid of spiritual corruption and cowardice. Gilbert K Chesterton
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To the humble man, and to the humble man alone, the sun is really a sun; to the humble man, and to the humble man alone, the sea is really a sea. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I would rather a boy learnt in the roughest school the courage to hit a politician, or gained in the hardest school the learning to refute him - rather than that he should gain in the most enlightened school the cunning to copy him. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Only friendliness produces friendship. And we must look far deeper into the soul of man for the thing that produces friendliness. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is not merely true that a creed unites men. Nay, a difference of creed unites men - so long as it is a clear difference. A boundary unites. Many a magnanimous Moslem and chivalrous Crusader must have been nearer to each other, because they were both dogmatists, than any two agnostics. "I say God is One," and "I say God is One but also Three," that is the beginning of a good quarrelsome, manly friendship. Gilbert K Chesterton
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In Catholicism, the pint, the pipe and the Cross can all fit together. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The power which makes a man able to entertain a good impulse is the same as that which enables him to make a good gun; it is imagination. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is not greedy to enjoy a good dinner, any more than it is to enjoy a good concert. But I do think there is something greedy about trying to enjoy the dinner and the concert at the same time. Gilbert K Chesterton
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In the struggle for existence, it is only on those who hang on for ten minutes after all is hopeless, that hope begins to dawn. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see. Gilbert K Chesterton
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When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The aim of life is appreciation; there is no sense in not appreciating things; and there is no sense in having more of them if you have less appreciation of them. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Marriage is an adventure, like going to war. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The family is the test of freedom; because the family is the only thing that the free man makes for himself and by himself. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A detective story generally describes six living men discussing how it is that a man is dead. A modern philosophic story generally describes six dead men discussing how any man can possibly be alive. Gilbert K Chesterton
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According to most philosophers, God in making the world enslaved it. According to Christianity, in making it, He set it free. God had written, not so much a poem, but rather a play; a play he had planned as perfect, but which had necessarily been left to human actors and stage-managers, who had since made a great mess of it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We should always endeavor to wonder at the permanent thing, not at the mere exception. We should be startled by the sun, and not by the eclipse. We should wonder less at the earthquake, and wonder more at the earth. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The Catholic Church is like a thick steak, a glass of red wine, and a good cigar. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The things we see every day are the things we never see at all. Gilbert K Chesterton
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As regards moral courage, then, it is not so much that the public schools support it feebly, as that they suppress it firmly. Gilbert K Chesterton
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...But nature does not say that cats are more valuable than mice; nature makes no remark on the subject. She does not even say that the cat is enviable or the mouse pitiable. We think the cat superior because we have (or most of us have) a particular philosophy to the effect that life is better than death. But if the mouse were a German pessimist mouse, he might not think that the cat had beaten him at all. He might think he had beaten the cat by getting to the grave first. Gilbert K Chesterton
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On the third day the friends of Christ coming at daybreak to the place found the grave empty and the stone rolled away. In varying ways they realized the new wonder; but even they hardly realized that the world had died in the night. What they were looking at was the first day of a new creation, with a new heaven and a new earth; and in a semblance of the gardener God walked again in the garden, in the cool not of the evening but of the dawn. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Life is not an illogicality; yet it is a trap for logicians. It looks just a little more mathematical and regular than it is; its exactitude is obvious, but its inexactitude is hidden; its wildness lies in wait. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The simplification of anything is always sensational. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Happy is he who still loves something he loved in the nursery: He has not been broken in two by time; he is not two men, but one, and he has saved not only his soul but his life. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The present condition of fame is merely fashion. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Nothing is poetical if plain daylight is not poetical; and no monster should amaze us if the normal man does not amaze. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Buddhism is not a creed, it is a doubt. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A radical generally meant a man who thought he could somehow pull up the root without affecting the flower. A conservative generally meant a man who wanted to conserve everything except his own reason for conserving anything. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The mere brute pleasure of reading the sort of pleasure a cow must have in grazing. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A nation is not going mad when it does extravagant things, so long as it does them in an extravagant spirit. But whenever we see things done wildly, but taken tamely, then the State is growing insane... Gilbert K Chesterton
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I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on man unless they act. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Boys like romantic tales; but babies like realistic tales - because they find them romantic. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The trouble about always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do without destroying the health of the mind. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A turkey is more occult and awful than all the angels and archangels. In so far as God has partly revealed to us an angelic world, he has partly told us what an angel means. But God has never told us what a turkey means. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Nonsense is a kind of exuberant capering round a discovered truth. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Gullibility is the key to all adventures. The greenhorn is the ultimate victor in everything; it is he who get the most out of life. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We make our friends; we make our enemies; but God makes our next door neighbor. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The sane man knows that he has a touch of the beast, a touch of the devil, a touch of the saint, a touch of the citizen. The really sane man knows that he has a touch of the madman. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Strong gongs groaning as the guns boom far, Don John of Austria is going to the war. Gilbert K Chesterton
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He crams with cans of poisoned meat The subjects of the King, And when they die by thousands Why, he laughs like anything. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The timidity of the child or the savage is entirely reasonable; they are alarmed at this world, because this world is a very alarming place. They dislike being alone because it is verily and indeed an awful idea to be alone. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance. Gilbert K Chesterton
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He is only a very shallow critic who cannot see an eternal rebel in the heart of the Conservative. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Men always talk about the most important things to total strangers. It is because in the total stranger we perceive man himself; the image of God is not disguised by resemblances to an uncle or doubts of the wisdom of a moustache. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Briefly, you can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A man looking at a hippopotamus may sometimes be tempted to regard a hippopotamus as an enormous mistake; but he is also bound to confess that a fortunate inferiority prevents him personally from making such mistakes. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The only possible excuse for this book is that it is an answer to a challenge. Even a bad shot is dignified when he accepts a duel. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is always the humble man who talks too much; the proud man watches himself too closely. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I say it is better to see a horse as a monster than to see it only as a slow substitute for a motor-car. If we have got into that state of mind about a horse as something stale, it is far better to be frightened of a horse because it is a good deal too fresh. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The Frenchman works until he can play. The American works until he ca' play; and then thanks the devil, his master, that he is donkey enough to die in harness. But the Englishman, as he has since become, works until he can pretend that he never worked at all. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Certain new theologians dispute original sin, which is the only part of Christian theology which can really be proved. Gilbert K Chesterton
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