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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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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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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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If the apple hit Newton's nose, Newton's nose hit the apple. 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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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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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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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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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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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 am not absentminded. It is the presence of mind that makes me unaware of everything else. Gilbert K Chesterton
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With every step of our lives we enter into the middle of some story which we are certain to misunderstand. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The man who lives in a small community lives in a much larger world. He knows much more of the fierce variety and uncompromising divergences of men...In a large community, we can choose our companions. In a small community, our companions are chosen for us. Thus in all extensive and highly civilized society groups come into existence founded upon sympathy, and shut out the real world more sharply than the gates of a monastery. There is nothing really narrow about the clan; the thing which is really narrow is the clique. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There are those who hate Christianity and call their hatred an all-embracing love for all religions. Gilbert K Chesterton
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When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then become capable of believing in anything. Gilbert K Chesterton
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If you happen to read fairy tales, you will observe that one idea runs from one end of them to the other-the idea that peace and happiness can only exist on some condition. This idea, which is the core of ethics, is the core of the nursery-tales. 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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