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Gilbert K Chesterton
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Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed. Gilbert K Chesterton
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As for the general view that the Church was discredited by the War-they might as well say that the Ark was discredited by the Flood. When the world goes wrong, it proves rather that the Church is right. The Church is justified, not because her children do not sin, but because they do. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I need not pause to explain that crime is not a disease. It is criminology that is a disease. 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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A crown of roses is also a crown of thorns. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Hell is God's great compliment to the reality of human freedom and the dignity of human choice. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The modern world has far too little understanding of the art of keeping young. Its notion of progress has been to pile one thing on top of another, without caring if each thing was crushed in turn. People forgot that the human soul can enjoy a thing most when there is time to think about it and be thankful for it. And by crowding things together they lost the sense of surprise; and surprise is the secret of joy. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Every time a man knocks on a brothel door, he is really knocking for God Gilbert K Chesterton
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Teach to the young, men's enduring truths, and let the learned amuse themselves with their passing errors. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I would look at the first chapter of any new novel as a final test of its merits. If there was a murdered man under the sofa in the first chapter, I read the story. If there was no murdered man under the sofa in the first chapter, I dismissed the story as tea-table twaddle, which it often really was. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The pure modernist is merely a snob; he cannot bear to be a month behind the fashion. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Take not thy thunder from us, but take away our pride. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The greatest political storm flutters only a fringe of humanity. But an ordinary man and an ordinary woman and their ordinary children literally alter the destiny of nations. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The coziness between church and state is good for the state and bad for the church 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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And we were angry and poor and happy, And proud of seeing our names in print. 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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Joy, which was the small publicity of the pagan, is the gigantic secret of the Christian. Gilbert K Chesterton
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People seem to fight about things very unsuitable for fighting. They make a frightful noise in support of very quiet things. They knock each other about in the name of very fragile things. Gilbert K Chesterton
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No man knows he is young while he is young. 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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The things we see every day are the things we never see at all. 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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Shall I tell you the secret of the whole world? It is that we have only known the back of the world. We see everything from behind, and it looks brutal. That is not a tree, but the back of a tree. That is not a cloud, but the back of a cloud. Cannot you see that everything is stooping and hiding a face? If we could only get round in front- 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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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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...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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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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Stated baldly, charity certainly means one of two things-pardoning unpardonable acts, or loving unlovable people. 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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All that we call spirit and art and ecstacy only means that for one awful instant we remember that we forgot. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless. Gilbert K Chesterton
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