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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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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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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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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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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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The true object of human life is play. Gilbert K Chesterton
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If it's worth doing, it's worth doing badly. (on not perfectionism to put things off) . Gilbert K Chesterton
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A man cannot have the energy to produce good art without having the energy to wish to pass beyond it. 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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We do not want joy and anger to neutralize each other and produce a surly contentment; we want a fiercer delight and a fiercer discontent. We have to feel the universe at once as an ogre's castle, to be stormed, and yet as our own cottage, to which we can return to at evening. 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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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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[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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A third-class carriage is a community, while a first-class carriage is a place of wild hermits. 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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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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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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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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Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Man seems to be capable of great virtues but not of small virtues; capable of defying his torturer but not of keeping his temper. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Men feel that cruelty to the poor is a kind of cruelty to animals. They never feel that it is an injustice to equals; nay it is treachery to comrades. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A room without books is like a body without a soul. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The only way to be sure of catching a train is to miss the one before it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A new philosophy generally means in practice the praise of some old vice. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We are justified in enforcing good morals, for they belong to all mankind; but we are not justified in enforcing good manners, for good manners always mean our own manners. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The whole order of things is as outrageous as any miracle which could presume to violate it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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