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Gilbert K Chesterton
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Daybreak is a never-ending glory; getting out of bed is a never ending nuisance. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is the great lesson of 'Beauty and the Beast,' that a thing must be loved before it is lovable. 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 function of the imagination is not to make strange things settled, so much as to make settled things strange. Gilbert K Chesterton
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If a man called Christmas Day a mere hypocritical excuse for drunkenness and gluttony, that would be false, but it would have a fact hidden in it somewhere. But when Bernard Shaw says the Christmas Day is only a conspiracy kept up by poulterers and wine merchants from strictly business motives, then he says something which is not so much false as startling and arrestingly foolish. He might as well say that the two sexes were invented by jewellers who wanted to sell wedding rings. 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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At the bottom of all the tributes paid to democracy is the little man, walking into the little booth, with a little pencil, making a little cross on a little bit of paper. . . . Gilbert K Chesterton
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And my haunting instinct that somehow good was not merely a tool to be used, but a relic to be guarded, like the goods from Crusoe's ship-even that had been the wild whisper of something originally wise, for, according to Christianity, we were indeed the survivors of a wreck, the crew of a golden ship that had gone down before the beginning of the world. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We are passing into a social phase in which unless a heroic effort is made for human dignity and freedom, gold will be the sole method of government and therefore the sole standard of manners. Gilbert K Chesterton
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He has come to the most dreadful conclusion a literary man can come to, the conclusion that the ordinary view is the right one. It is only the last and wildest kind of courage that can stand on a tower before ten thousand people and tell them that twice two is four. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The more truly we can see life as a fairytale, the more clearly the tale resolves itself into war with the dragon who is wasting fairyland. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I don't deny," he said, "that there should be priests to remind men that they will one day die. I only say that at certain strange epochs it is necessary to have another kind of priests, called poets, actually to remind men that they are not dead yet. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Physical science is like simple addition: it is either infallible or it is false. Gilbert K Chesterton
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When a politician is in opposition he is an expert on the means to some end; and when he is in office he is an expert on the obstacles to it. 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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They shall come mild as monkish clerks, With many a scroll and pen; And backward shall ye turn and gaze, Desiring one of Alfred's days, When pagans still were men Gilbert K Chesterton
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Yet he is right enough about there being a white magic, if he only knows where to look for it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It isn't that they can't see the solution. It's that they can't see the problem. They can't see the problem if they are looking in the wrong place. They can't see the problem if they have blinders on - for 'none are so blind as those that will not see'. Gilbert K Chesterton
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O God of earth and altar, Bow down and hear our cry, Our earthly rulers falter, Our people drift and die; The walls of gold entomb us, The swords of scorn divide, Take not thy thunder from us, But take away our pride. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Virtue is not the absence of vices or the avoidance of moral dangers; virtue is a vivid and separate ting, like pain or a particular smell. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Creeds must disagree: it is the whole fun of the thing. If I think the universe is triangular, and you think it is square, there cannot be room for two universes. We may argue politely, we may argue humanely, we may argue with great mutual benefit: but, obviously, we must argue. Modern toleration is really a tyranny. It is a tyranny because it is a silence. To say that I must not deny my opponent's faith is to say I must not discuss it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The Nothing scrawled on a five-foot page. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Among the Very Rich you will never find a really generous man, even by accident. They may give their money away, but they will never give themselves away; they are egoistic, secretive, dry as old bones. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The old idea that the joke was not good enough for the company has been superseded by the new aristocratic idea that the company was not worthy of the joke. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I want to reassure you I am not this size, really - dear me no, I'm being amplified by the mike. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The artistic temperament is a disease that afflicts amateurs.... Artists of a large and wholesome vitality get rid of their art easily, as they breathe easily or perspire easily. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The successful businessman sometimes makes money by ability and experience, but he generally makes it by mistake. 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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There's no such thing as fighting on the winning side; one fights to find out which is the winning side. 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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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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With any recovery from morbidity there must go a certain healthy humiliation. Gilbert K Chesterton
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You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink. 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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The sincere love of books has nothing to do with cleverness or stupidity any more than any other sincere love. It is a quality of character, a freshness, a power of pleasure, a power of faith. A silly person may delight in reading masterpieces just as a silly person may delight in picking flowers. A fool may be in love with a poet as he may be in love with a woman. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The new community which the capitalists are now constructing will be a very complete and absolute community; and one which will tolerate nothing really independent of itself. Gilbert K Chesterton
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But there is in everything a reasonable division of labour. I have written the book, and nothing on earth would induce me to read it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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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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One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak. Gilbert K Chesterton
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White... is not a mere absence of colour; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black... God paints in many colours; but He never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white. Gilbert K Chesterton
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At the back of our brains is a blaze of astonishment at our own existence. The object of the artistic and spiritual life is to dig for this sunrise of wonder. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The wine they drink in Paradise They make in Haute Lorraine. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Americans are a very backward people, with all the real virtues of a backward people; the patriarchal simplicity and human dignity of a democracy, and a respect for labor uncorrupted by cynicism. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Christianity even when watered down is hot enough to boil all modern society to rags. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no virtue at all. And faith means believing the incredible, or it is no virtue at all. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A man will not roll in the snow for a stream of tendency by which all things fulfill the law of their being. He will not go without food in the name of something, not ourselves, that makes for righteousness. He will do things like this, or pretty nearly like this, under quite a different impulse. He will do these things when he is in love. Gilbert K Chesterton
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If we could destroy custom at a blow and see the stars as a child sees them, we should need no other apocalypse Gilbert K Chesterton
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Mr. McCabe thinks that I am not serious but only funny, because Mr. McCabe thinks that funny is the opposite of serious. Funny is the opposite of not funny and nothing else. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Boyhood is a most complex and incomprehensible thing. Even when one has been through it, one does not understand what it was. A man can never quite understand a boy, even when he has been the boy. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The artistic temperament is a disease that affects amateurs. Artists of a large and wholesome vitality get rid of their art easily, as they breathe easily or perspire easily. But in artists of less force, the thing becomes a pressure, and produces a definite pain, which is called the artistic temperament. Gilbert K Chesterton
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But there is good news yet to hear and fine things to be seen before we go to Paradise by way of Kensal Green. Gilbert K Chesterton
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This is the perpetual and pitiful tragedy of the practical man in practical affairs. He always begins with a flourish of contempt for what he calls theorizing and what people who can do it call thinking. He will not wait for logic-that is, in the most exact sense, he will not listen to reason. It will therefore appear to him an idle and ineffectual proceeding to say that there is a reason for his present failure. Nevertheless, it may be well to say it, and to try and make it clear even to him. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Even in a minute instance, it is best to look first to the main tendencies of Nature. A particular flower may not be dead in early winter, but the flowers are dying; a particular pebble may never be wetted with the tide, but the tide is coming in. To the scientific eye all human history is a series of collective movements, destructions or migrations, like the massacre of flies in winter or the return of birds in spring. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Gluttony is a great fault; but we do not necessarily dislike a glutton. We only dislike the glutton when he becomes a gourmet-that is, we only dislike him when he not only wants the best for himself, but knows what is best for other people. 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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