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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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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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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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English experience indicates that when the two great political parties agree about something it is generally wrong. 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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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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If the apple hit Newton's nose, Newton's nose hit the apple. 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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...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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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