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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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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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...a figure of speech can often get into a crack too small for a definition. 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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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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What embitters the world is not excess of criticism, but an absence of self-criticism. 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Coincidence is a spiritual pun. 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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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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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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I have no right to think for myself. I have no right to think at all. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Every true artist does feel, consciously or unconsciously, that he is touching transcendental truths; that his images are shadows of things seen through the veil. In other words, the natural mystic does know that there is something there, something behind the clouds or within the trees; but he believes that the pursuit of beauty is the way to find it; that imagination is a sort of incantation that can call it up. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The humorous look of children is perhaps the most endearing of all the bonds that hold the Cosmos together. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Modern man is educated to understand foreign languages and misunderstand foreigners. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Every man who will not have softening of the heart must at last have softening of the brain Gilbert K Chesterton
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