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Gilbert K Chesterton
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Theology is simply that part of religion that requires brains. 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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Of all modern notions, the worst is this: that domesticity is dull. Inside the home, they say, is dead decorum and routine; outside is adventure and variety. But the truth is that the home is the only place of liberty, the only spot on earth where a man can alter arrangements suddenly, make an experiment or indulge in a whim. The home is not the one tame place in a world of adventure; it is the one wild place in a world of rules and set tasks. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Most modern freedom is at root fear. It is not so much that we are too bold to endure rules; it is rather that we are too timid to endure responsibilities. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference which is an elegant name for ignorance. Gilbert K Chesterton
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They said that I should lose my ideals and begin to believe in the methods of practical politicians. Now, I have not lost my ideals in the least; my faith in fundamentals is exactly what it always was. What I have lost is my childlike faith in practical politics. Gilbert K Chesterton
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What embitters the world is not excess of criticism, but an absence of self-criticism. 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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The most extraordinary thing in the world is an ordinary man and an ordinary woman and their ordinary children. 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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Why do all the clerks and navvies in the railway trains look so sad and tired, so very sad and tired? I will tell you. It is because they know that the train is going right. It is because they know that whatever place they have taken a ticket for that place they will reach. It is because after they have passed Sloane Square they know that the next station must be Victoria, and nothing but Victoria. Oh, their wild rapture! oh, their eyes like stars and their souls again in Eden, if the next station were unaccountably Baker Street! Gilbert K Chesterton
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Marriage halves our griefs, doubles our joys, and quadruples our expenses Gilbert K Chesterton
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Just the other day in the Underground I enjoyed the pleasure of offering my seat to three ladies. 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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Coincidence is a spiritual pun. 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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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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But whenever one meets modern thinkers (as one often does) progressing towards a madhouse, one always finds, on inquiry, that they have just had a splendid escape from another madhouse. Thus, hundreds of people become Socialists, not because they have tried Socialism and found it nice, but because they have tried Individualism and found it nasty. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The believers in miracles accept them (rightly or wrongly) because they have evidence for them. The disbelievers in miracles deny them (rightly or wrongly) because they have a doctrine against them. Gilbert K Chesterton
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When the chord of monotony is stretched to its tightest, it breaks with the sound of a song. Gilbert K Chesterton
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humor can get in under the door while seriousness is still fumbling at the handle 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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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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Each generation is converted by the saint who contradicts it most. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The most incredible thing about miracles is that they happen. Gilbert K Chesterton
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My brain and this world don't fit each other; and there's an end of it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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All the controversialists who have become conscious of the real issue are already saying of our ideal exactly what used to be said of the Socialists' ideal. They are saying that private property is too ideal not to be impossible. They are saying that private enterprise is too good to be true. They are saying that the idea of ordinary men owning ordinary possessions is against the laws of political economy and requires an alteration in human nature. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The Universe is the most extraordinary masterpiece ever constructed by nobody. 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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A great man knows he is not God, and the greater he is the better he knows it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The woman does not work because the man tells her to work and she obeys. On the contrary, the woman works because she has told the man to work and he hasn't obeyed. 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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There nearly always is a method in madness. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We are all in the same boat, in a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The comedy of man survives the tragedy of man. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The criminal is the creative artist; the detective only the critic. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A man must be prepared not only to be a martyr, but to be a fool. It is absurd to say that a man is ready to toil and die for his convictions if he is not even ready to wear a wreathe around his head for them. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is at the back of every artist's mind something like a pattern and a type of architecture. The original quality in any man of imagination is imagery. It is a thing like the landscape of his dreams; the sort of world he would like to make or in which he would like to wander, the strange flora and fauna, his own secret planet, the sort of thing he likes to think about. This general atmosphere, and pattern or a structure of growth, governs all his creations, however varied. Gilbert K Chesterton
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One of the great disadvantages of hurry is that it takes such a long time. 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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Precisely because our political speeches are meant to be reported, they are not worth reporting. Precisely because they are carefully designed to be read, nobody reads them. 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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