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Gilbert K Chesterton
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In a world flagrant with the failures of civilization, what is there particularly immortal about our own? Gilbert K Chesterton
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In truth the Church is too unique to prove herself unique. For most popular and easy proof is by parallel; and here there is no parallel. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It might reasonably be maintained that the true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground. To be at last in such secure innocence that one can juggle with the universe and the stars, to be so good that one can treat everything as a joke - that may be, perhaps, the real end and final holiday of human souls. Gilbert K Chesterton
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When you have really exhausted an experience you always reverence and love it. The two things that nearly all of us have thoroughly and really been through are childhood and youth. And though we would not have them back again on any account, we feel that they are both beautiful, because we have drunk them dry. 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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Humility is the mother of giants. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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For us who live in cities Nature is not natural. Nature is supernatural. Just as monks watched and strove to get a glimpse of heaven, so we watch and strive to get a glimpse of earth. It is as if men had cake and wine every day but were sometimes allowed common bread. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Somehow one can never manage to be an atheist. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The person who is really in revolt is the optimist, who generally lives and dies in a desperate and suicidal effort to persuade other people how good they are. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The modern world is a crowd of very rapid racing cars all brought to a standstill and stuck in a block of traffic. Gilbert K Chesterton
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War is not the best way of settling differences; it is the only way of preventing their being settled for you. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is true that I am of an older fashion; much that I love has been destroyed or sent into exile. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I think the oddest thing about the advanced people is that, while they are always talking about things as problems, they have hardly any notion of what a real problem is. Gilbert K Chesterton
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By experts in poverty I do not mean sociologists, but poor men. Gilbert K Chesterton
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One of the chief uses of religion is that it makes us remember our coming from darkness, the simple fact that we are created. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Truth is sacred; and if you tell the truth too often nobody will believe it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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