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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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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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An almost unnatural vigilance is really required of the citizen because of the horrible rapidity with which human institutions grow old. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Any man who preaches real love is bound to beget hate. It is as true of democratic fraternity as a divine love; sham love ends in compromise and common philosophy; but real love has always ended in bloodshed. 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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And we were angry and poor and happy, And proud of seeing our names in print. 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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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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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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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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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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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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The best kind of giving is thanksgiving. Gilbert K Chesterton
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And Noah he often said to his wife when he sat down to dine, "I don't care where the water goes if it doesn't get into the wine." Gilbert K Chesterton
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We have had no good comic operas of late, because the real world has been more comic than any possible opera. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Reason is always a kind of brute force; those who appeal to the head rather than the heart, however pallid and polite, are necessarily men of violence. We speak of 'touching' a man's heart, but we can do nothing to his head but hit it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I agree with the realistic Irishman who said he preferred to prophesy after the event. 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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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 third-class carriage is a community, while a first-class carriage is a place of wild hermits. 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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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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The Declaration of Independence dogmatically bases all rights on the fact that God created all men equal; and it is right; for if they were not created equal, they were certainly evolved unequal. There is no basis for democracy except in a dogma about the divine origin of man. Gilbert K Chesterton
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As an explanation of the world materialism has a sort of insane simplicity. It has the quality of a madman's arguments; we have at once the sense of it covering everything and the sense of it leaving everything out. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The historic glory of America lies in the fact that it is the one nation that was founded like a church. That is, it was founded on a faith that was not merely summed up after it had exited, but was defined before it existed. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The Frenchman works until he can play. The American works until he can't 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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The whole point of the Eugenic pseudo-scientific theories is that they are to be applied wholesale, by some more sweeping and generalizing money power than the individual husband or wife or household. Eugenics asserts that all men must be so stupid that they cannot manage their own affairs; and also so clever that they can manage each other's. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Americans have a taste for...rocking-chairs. A flippant critic might suggest that they select rocking-chairs so that, even when they are sitting down, they need not be sitting still. Something of this restlessness in the race may really be involved in the matter; but I think the deeper significance of the rocking-chair may still be found in the deeper symbolism of the rocking-horse. I think there is behind all this fresh and facile use of wood a certain spirit that is childish in the good sense of the word; something that is innocent, and easily pleased. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Political Economy means that everybody except politicians must be economical. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Romance is the deepest thing in life. It is deeper than reality. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The objection to fairy stories is that they tell children there are dragons. But children have always known there are dragons. Fairy stories tell children that dragons can be killed. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The madman is the man who has lost everything except his reason... Gilbert K Chesterton
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