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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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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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[No society can survive the socialist] fallacy that there is an absolutely unlimited number of inspired officials and an absolutely unlimited amount of money to pay them. Gilbert K Chesterton
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You can't have the family farm without the family. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A good Moslem king was one who was strict in religion, valiant in battle, just in giving judgment among his people, but not one who had the slightest objection in international matters to removing his neighbour's landmark. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Every sane man recognises that unlimited liberty is anarchy, or rather is nonentity. The civic idea of liberty is to give the citizen a province of liberty; a limitation within which a citizen is a king. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Without authority there is no liberty. Freedom is doomed to destruction at every turn, unless there is a recognized right to freedom. And if there are rights, there is an authority to which we appeal for them. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Pride consists in a man making his personality the only test, instead of making truth the test. The sceptic feels himself too large to measure life by the largest things; and ends by measuring it by the smallest thing of all. Gilbert K Chesterton
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No sceptical philosopher can ask any questions that may not equally be asked by a tired child on a hot afternoon. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Dipsomaniac and the abstainer are not only both mistaken, but they both make the same mistake. They both regard wine as a drug and not as a drink. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Man is at his tallest when he bows. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Men reform a thing by removing the reality from it, and then do not know what to do with the unreality that is left. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The past is democratic, because it is a people. The future is despotic, because it is a caprice. Every man is alone in his prediction, just as each man is alone in a dream. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Modern masters of science are much impressed with the need of beginning all inquiry with a fact. The ancient masters of religion were quite equally impressed with that necessity. They began with the fact of sin-a fact as practical as potatoes. Whether or not man could be washed in miraculous waters, there was no doubt at any rate that he wanted washing. 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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I came to the conclusion that the optimist thought everything good except the pessimist, and that the pessimist thought everything bad, except himself. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The most poetical thing in the world is not being sick. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Journalism only tells us what men are doing; it is fiction that tells us what they are thinking, and still more what they are feeling. If a new scientific theory finds the soul of a man in his dreams, at least it ought not to leave out his day-dreams. And all fiction is only a diary of day-dreams instead of days. And this profound preoccupation of men's minds with certain things always eventually has an effect even on the external expression of the age. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The oligarchic character of the modern English commonwealth does not rest, like many oligarchies, on the cruelty of the rich to the poor. It does not even rest on the kindness of the rich to the poor. It rests on the perennial and unfailing kindness of the poor to the rich. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A modern man may disapprove of some of his sweeping reforms, and approve others; but finds it difficult not to admire even where he does not approve. Gilbert K Chesterton
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If you know what a man's doing, get in front of him; but if you want to guess what he's doing keep behind him. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I tell you naught for your comfort, Yea, naught for your desire, Save that the sky grows darker yet And the sea rises higher. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Literary men are being employed to praise a big business man personally, as men used to praise a king. They not only find political reasons for the commercial schemes that they have done for some time past they also find moral defences for the commercial schemers. ... I do resent the whole age of patronage being revived under such absurd patrons; and all poets becoming court poets, under kings that have taken no oath. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Is there anyone... who will maintain that the Party System could have been created by people particularly fond of truth? Gilbert K Chesterton
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Very few reputations are gained by unsullied virtue. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We are always giving foreign names to very native things. If there is a thing that reeks of the glorious tradition of the old English tavern, it is toasted cheese. But for some wild reason we call it Welsh rarebit. I believe that what we call Irish stew might more properly be called English stew, and that it is not particularly familiar in Ireland. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Architecture is the alphabet of giants; it is the largest set of symbols ever made to meet the eyes of men. A tower stands up like a sort of simplified stature, of much more than heroic size. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The only people who seem to have nothing to do with the education of the children are the parents. Gilbert K Chesterton
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If our caricaturists do not hate their enemies, it is not because they are too big to hate them, but because their enemies are not big enough to hate. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Being "contented" ought to mean in English, as it does in French, being pleased. Being content with an attic ought not to mean being unable to move from it and resigned to living in it; it ought to mean appreciating all there is in such a position. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Cruelty is, perhaps, the worst kind of sin. Intellectual cruelty is certainly the worst kind of cruelty. 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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Nothing can ever overcome that one enormous sex (female) superiority that even the male child is born closer to his mother than to his father. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I doubt if anyone of any tenderness or imagination can see the hand of a child and not be a little frightened of it. It is awful to think of the essential human energy moving so tiny a thing; it is like imagining that human nature could live in the wing of a butterfly or the leaf of a tree. When we look upon lives so human and yet so small, we feel the same kind of obligation to these creatures that [God] might feel. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The modern mind will accept nothing on authority, but will accept anything on no authority. Say that the Bible or the Pope says so and it will be dismissed without further examination. But preface your remark with "I think I heard somewhere," or, try but fail to remember the name of some professor who might have said "such-and-such," and it will be immediately accepted as an unshakable fact. 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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A Catholic is a person who has plucked up courage to face the incredible and inconceivable idea that something else may be wiser than he is. Gilbert K Chesterton
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And it did for one wild moment cross my mind that, perhaps, those might not be the very best judges of the relation of religion to happiness who, by their own account, had neither one nor the other. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We actually love ourselves more than we love joy. 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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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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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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One of the deepest and strangest of all human moods is the mood which will suddenly strike us perhaps in a garden at night, or deep in sloping meadows, the feeling that every flower and leaf has just uttered something stupendously direct and important, and that we have by a prodigy of imbecility not heard or understood it. There is a certain poetic value in this sense of having missed the full meaning of things. There is beauty, not only in wisdom, but in this dazed and dramatic ignorance. Gilbert K Chesterton
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For the mass of men the idea of artistic creation can only be expressed by an idea unpopular in present discussions - the idea of property... Property is merely the art of the democracy... One would think, to hear people talk, that the Rothschilds and the Rockefellers were on the side of property. But obviously they are the enemies of property; because they are enemies of their own limitations. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Thinking in isolation and with pride ends in being an idiot. 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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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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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 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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