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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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A building is akin to dogma; it is insolent, like dogma. Whether or no it is permanent, it claims permanence, like a dogma. People ask why we have no typical architecture of the modern world, like impressionism in painting. Surely it is obviously because we have not enough dogmas; we cannot bear to see anything in the sky that is solid and enduring, anything in the sky that does not change like the clouds of the sky. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There are two kinds of peacemakers in the modern world; and they are both, though in various ways, a nuisance. The first peacemaker is the man who goes about saying that he agrees with everybody. He confuses everybody. The second peacemaker is the man who goes about saying that everybody agrees with him. He enrages everybody. Between the two of them they produce a hundred times more disputes and distractions than we poor pugnacious people would ever have thought of in our lives. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The modern world is not evil; in some ways the modern world is far too good. It is full of wild and wasted virtues. When a religious scheme is shattered (as Christianity was shattered at the Reformation), it is not merely the vices that are let loose. The vices are, indeed, let loose, and they wander and do damage. But the virtues are let loose also; and the virtues wander more wildly, and the virtues do more terrible damage. The modern world is full of the old Christian virtues gone mad. The virtues have gone mad because they have been isolated from each other and are wandering alone. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Nine times out of ten it is the coarse word that condemns an evil, and the refined word that excuses it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We all have a little weakness, which is very natural but rather misleading, for supposing that this epoch must be the end of the world because it will be the end of us. How future generations will get on without us is indeed, when we come to think of it, quite a puzzle. But I suppose they will get on somehow, and may possibly venture to revise our judgments as we have revised earlier judgments. Gilbert K Chesterton
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If the devil tells you something is too fearful to look at, look at it. If he says something is too terrible to hear, hear it. If you think some truth unbearable, bear it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The test of happiness is gratitude. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I am going to hold a pistol to the head of the Modern Man. But I shall not use it to kill him-only to bring him to life. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Madness does not come by breaking out, but by giving in; by settling down in some dirty, little, self-repeating circle of ideas; by being tamed. Gilbert K Chesterton
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She had never really listened to anyone in her life; which, some said, was why she had survived. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I will not call it my philosophy; for I did not make it. God and humanity made it; and it made me. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Paradox - Truth standing on her head to get attention. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Is ditchwater dull? Naturalists with microscopes have told me that it teems with quiet fun. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Atheism is indeed the most daring of all dogmas . . . for it is the assertion of a universal negative. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I believe what really happens in history is this: the old man is always wrong; and the young people are always wrong about what is wrong with him. The practical form it takes is this: that, while the old man may stand by some stupid custom, the young man always attacks it with some theory that turns out to be equally stupid. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Comforts that were rare among our forefathers are now multiplied in factories and handed out wholesale; and indeed, nobody nowadays, so long as he is content to go without air, space, quiet, decency and good manners, need be without anything whatever that he wants; or at least a reasonably cheap imitation of it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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None of the modern machines, none of the modern paraphernalia. . . have any power except over the people who choose to use them. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The past is not what it was. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Men are ruled, at this minute by the clock, by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Over-civilization and barbarism are within an inch of each other. And a mark of both is the power of medicine-men. Gilbert K Chesterton
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All men thirst to confess their crimes more than tired beasts thirst for water; but they naturally object to confessing them while other people, who have also committed the same crimes, sit by and laugh at them. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Business, especially big business, is now organized like an army. It is, as some would say, a sort of mild militarism without bloodshed; as I say, a militarism without the military virtues. Gilbert K Chesterton
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All but the hard hearted man must be torn with pity for this pathetic dilemma of the rich man, who has to keep the poor man just stout enough to do the work and just thin enough to have to do it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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...but out of the desert, from the dry places and the dreadful suns, come the cruel children of the lonely God; the real Unitarians who with scimitar in hand have laid waste the world. For it is not well for God to be alone. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Religious unity can look like a carnival and religious liberty can look like a funeral. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The man of the true religious tradition understands two things: liberty and obedience. The first means knowing what you really want. The second means knowing what you really trust. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is quite an old-fashioned fallacy to suppose that our objection to scepticism is that it removes the discipline from life. Our objection to scepticism is that it removes the motive power. Materialism is not a thing which destroys mere restraint. Materialism itself is the great restraint. Gilbert K Chesterton
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If I did not believe in God, I should still want my doctor, my lawyer and my banker to do so. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Real development is not leaving things behind, as on a road, but drawing life from them, as from a root. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Saint George he was for England, And before he killed the dragon he drank a pint of English ale out of an English flagon. Gilbert K Chesterton
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[There is] one distinctly human thing - the story. There can be as good science about a turnip as about a man. ... [Or philosophy, or theology] ...There can be, without any question at all, as good higher mathematics about a turnip as about a man. But I do not think, though I speak in a manner somewhat tentative, that there could be as good a novel written about a turnip as a man. Gilbert K Chesterton
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History is not a toboggan slide, but a road to be reconsidered and even retraced Gilbert K Chesterton
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The word good has many meanings... Gilbert K Chesterton
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Science is the study of the admitted laws of existence, which cannot prove a universal negative about whether those laws could ever be suspended by something admittedly above them. It is as if we were to say that a lawyer was so deeply learned in the American Constitution that he knew there could never be a revolution in America.. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Modern toleration is really a tyranny. It is a tyranny because it is a silence. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Nine out of ten of what we call new ideas are simply old mistakes. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We are Christians and Catholics not because we worship a key, but because we have passed a door; and felt the wind that is the trumpet of liberty blow over the land of the living. Gilbert K Chesterton
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As long as the vision of heaven is always changing, the vision of earth will be exactly the same. No ideal will remain long enough to be realized, or even partly realized. The modern young man will never change his environment; for he will always change his mind. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The supreme adventure is being BORN Gilbert K Chesterton
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God is not a symbol of goodness; goodness is a symbol of God Gilbert K Chesterton
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Silver is sometimes more valuable than gold ... that is, in large quantities. Gilbert K Chesterton
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When belief in God becomes difficult, the tendency is to turn away from Him; but in heaven's name to what? Gilbert K Chesterton
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Every one on the earth should believe that he has something to give to the world which cannot otherwise be given. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Sometimes he even embarrassed the company by phrases suggesting that there was some difference between a Liberal and a Conservative. Gilbert K Chesterton
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But we are the people of England; and we have not spoken yet. Smile at us, pay us, pass us. But do not quite forget. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Every work of art has one indispensable mark ... the center of it is simple, however much the fulfillment may be complicated. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Modern nature-worship is all upside down. Trees and fields ought to be the ordinary things; terraces and temples ought to be extraordinary. I am on the side of the man who lives in the country and wants to go to London. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I have known many happy marriages, but never a compatible one. The whole aim of marriage is to fight through and survive the instant when incompatibility becomes unquestionable. For a man and a woman, as such, are incompatible. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The modern world is filled with men who hold dogmas so strongly that they do not even know they are dogmas. Gilbert K Chesterton
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If I can put one touch of rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God. Gilbert K Chesterton
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No man who worships education has got the best out of education... Without a gentle contempt for education no man's education is complete. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Let a man walk ten miles steadily on a hot summer's day along a dusty English road, and he will soon discover why beer was invented. Gilbert K Chesterton
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All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around. Gilbert K Chesterton
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All conservatism is based upon the idea that if you leave things alone you leave them as they are. But you do not. If you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite. Gilbert K Chesterton
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An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A yawn is a silent shout. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Never invoke the gods unless you really want them to appear. It annoys them very much. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Happiness is a mystery, like religion, and should never be rationalised. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is as healthy to enjoy sentiment as to enjoy jam. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Large organization is loose organization. Nay, it would be almost as true to say that organization is always disorganization. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is not funny that anything else should fall down; only that a man should fall down. Why do we laugh? Because it is a gravely religious matter: it is the Fall of Man. Only man can be absurd: for only man can be dignified. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Each generation is converted by the saint who contradicts it most. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The secularists have not wrecked divine things; but the secularists have wrecked secular things, if that is any comfort to them. The Titans did not scale heaven; but they laid waste the world. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Only men to whom the family is sacred will ever have a standard or a status by which to criticize the State. They alone can appeal to something more holy than the gods of the city. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Science must not impose any philosophy, any more than the telephone must tell us what to say. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There are two ways of dealing with nonsense in this world. One way is to put nonsense in the right place; as when people put nonsense into nursery rhymes. The other is to put nonsense in the wrong place; as when they put it into educational addresses, psychological criticisms, and complaints against nursery rhymes or other normal amusements of mankind. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I am a journalist and have no earthly motives except curiosity and personal vanity. Gilbert K Chesterton
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