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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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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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Your next-door neighbor is not a man; he is an environment. He is the barking of a dog; he is the noise of a piano; he is a dispute about a party wall; he is drains that are worse than yours, or roses that are better than yours. Gilbert K Chesterton
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When once you have got hold of a vulgar joke, you may be certain that you have got hold of a subtle and spiritual idea. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The martyr endured tortures to affirm his belief in truth but he never asserted his disbelief in torture. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A tragedy means always a mans struggle with that which is stronger than man. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The poetry of art is in beholding the single tower; the poetry of nature in seeing the single tree; the poetry of love in following the single woman; the poetry of religion in worshipping the single star. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth; this has been reversed. Nowadays the part of a man that a man does assert is exactly the part he ought not to assert - himself. The part he doubts is exactly the part he ought not to doubt - the Divine Reason. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Vigorous organisms talk not about their processes, but about their aims. Gilbert K Chesterton
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As to the doubt of the soul I discover it to be false: a mood not a conclusion. My conclusion is the Faith. Corporate, organized, a personality, teaching. A thing, not a theory. It. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The people who are most bigoted are those who have no conviction at all. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The free man owns himself. He can damage himself with either eating or drinking; he can ruin himself with gambling. If he does he is certainly a damn fool, and he might possibly be a damned soul; but if he may not, he is not a free man any more than a dog. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Man is always something worse or something better than an animal; and a mere argument from animal perfection never touches him at all. Thus, in sex no animal is either chivalrous or obscene. And thus no animal invented anything so bad as drunkeness - or so good as drink. 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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Humility is the mother of giants. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Man is more himself, man is more manlike, when Joy is the fundamental thing in him, and Grief the superficial. Melancholy should be an innocent interlude, a tender and fugitive state of mind; Praise should be the permanent pulsation of the soul. Pessimism is at best an emotional half-holiday; Joy is the uproarious labor by which all things live? Christianity satisfies suddenly and perfectly man's ancestral instinct for being the right way up; satisfies it supremely in this, that by its creed Joy becomes something gigantic, and Sadness something special and small. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Children are grateful when Santa Claus puts in their stockings gifts of toys or sweets. Could I not be grateful to Santa Claus when he put in my stockings the gift of two miraculous legs? We thank people for birthday presents of cigars and slippers. Can I thank no one for the birthday present of birth? Gilbert K Chesterton
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He must not merely cling to life, for then he will be a coward, and will not escape. He must not merely wait for death, for then he will be a suicide, and will not escape. He must seek his life in a spirit of furious indifference to it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I left the fairy tales lying on the floor of the nursery, and I have not found any books so sensible since. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The wise old fairy tales never were so silly as to say that the prince and the princess lived peacefully ever afterwards. The fairy tales said that the prince and princess lived happily ever afterwards; and so they did. They lived happily, although it is very likely that from time to time they threw the furniture at each other. Gilbert K Chesterton
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When it wishes anything done which is really serious, it collects twelve of the ordinary men standing round. The same thing was done, if I remember right, by the Founder of Christianity. Gilbert K Chesterton
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But they none of them create the psychological conditions in which I first saw, or desired to see, the flower. Gilbert K Chesterton
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[V]ariety of climate should always go with stability of abode.... an Englishman's house is not only his castle; it is his fairy castle. Clouds and colours of every varied dawn and eve are perpetually touching and turning it from clay to gold, or from gold to ivory. There is a line of woodland beyond a corner of my garden which is literally different on every one of the three hundred and sixty-five days. Sometimes it seems as near as a hedge, and sometimes as far as a faint and fiery evening cloud. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Research is the search of people who don't know what they want. Gilbert K Chesterton
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People that insist upon drinking and driving, are putting the quart before the hearse. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Boys like romantic [fairy] tales; but babies like realistic tales - because they find them romantic...This proves that even nursery tales only echo an almost prenatal leap of interest and amazement. These tales say that apples were golden only to refresh the forgotten moment when we found that they were green. They make rivers run with wine only to make us remember, for one wild moment, that they run with water. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The miser is the man who starves himself, and everybody else, in order to worship wealth in its dead form, as distinct from its living form. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I am at one with my duality. Gilbert K Chesterton
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No man's really any good till he knows how bad he is, or might be... Gilbert K Chesterton
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A great curse has fallen upon modern life with the discovery of the vastness of the word Education. Gilbert K Chesterton
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For Scotland has a double dose of the poison called heredity; the sense of blood in the aristocrat, the sense of doom in the Calvinist. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Our digestions, going sacredly and silently right, that is the foundation of all poetry. Gilbert K Chesterton
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When a woman puts up her fists to a man she is putting herself in the only posture in which he is not afraid of her. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The men of the clique live together because they have the same kind of soul, and their narrowness is a narrowness of spiritual coherence and contentment, like that which exists in hell . . . Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is not only possible to say a great deal in praise of play; it is really possible to say the highest things in praise of it. It might reasonably be maintained that the true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground. Gilbert K Chesterton
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English experience indicates that when the two great political parties agree about something it is generally wrong. Gilbert K Chesterton
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For good or evil, a line has been passed in our political history; and something that we have known all our lives is dead. I will take only one example of it: our politicians can no longer be caricatured. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is the beginning of all true criticism of our time to realize that it has really nothing to say, at the very moment when it has invented so tremendous a trumpet for saying it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Whatever the word "great" means, Dickens was what it means. Gilbert K Chesterton
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In every serious doctrine of the destiny of men, there is some trace of the doctrine of the equality of men. But the capitalist really depends on some religion of inequality. The capitalist must somehow distinguish himself from human kind; he must be obviously above it or he would be obviously below it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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America has a new delicacy, a coarse, rank refinement. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Before the gods that made the gods Had seen their sunrise pass, The White Horse of the White Horse Vale Was cut out of the grass. Gilbert K Chesterton
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When we reverence anything in the mature, it is their virtues or their wisdom, and this is an easy matter. But we reverence the faults and follies of children. We should probably come considerably nearer to the true conception of things if we treated all grown-up persons, of all titles and types, with precisely that dark affection and dazed respect with which we treat the infantile limitations. Gilbert K Chesterton
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All true friendliness begins with fire and food and drink and the recognition of rain or frost. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is human to err; and the only final and deadly error, among all our errors, is denying that we have ever erred. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We have not made cricket and football [soccer] professional because of any astonishing avarice or new vulgarity. We have made them professional because we would have them perfect. We have dedicated men to them as to some god of inhuman excellence. We care more for football than for the fun of playing football. Gilbert K Chesterton
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An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered. 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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The word "good" has many meanings. For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of five hundred yards, I should call him a good shot, but not necessarily a good man. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists, as the mother can love the unborn child. 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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