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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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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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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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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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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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Nine out of ten of what we call new ideas are simply old mistakes. 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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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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History is not a toboggan slide, but a road to be reconsidered and even retraced Gilbert K Chesterton
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Coincidence is a spiritual pun. 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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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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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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Do not look at the faces in the illustrated papers. Look at the faces in the street. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Anyone who is not an anarchist agrees with having a policeman at the corner of the street; but the danger at present is that of finding the policeman half-way down the chimney or even under the bed. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I might inform those humanitarians who have a nightmare of new and needless babies (for some humanitarians have that sort of horror of humanity) that if the recent decline in the birth-rate were continued for a certain time, it might end in there being no babies at all; which would console them very much. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The great ideals of the past failed not by being outlived (which must mean over-lived), but by not being lived enough. Mankind has not passed through the Middle Ages. Rather mankind has retreated from the Middle Ages in reaction and rout. The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried. 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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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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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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My brother, Cecil Edward Chesterton, was born when I was about five years old; and, after a brief pause, began to argue. He continued to argue to the end. I am glad to think that through all those years we never stopped arguing; and we never once quarreled. Perhaps the principal objection to a quarrel is that it interrupts an argument. 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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There are two kinds of paradoxes. They are not so much the good and the bad, nor even the true and the false. Rather they are the fruitful and the barren; the paradoxes which produce life and the paradoxes that merely announce death. Nearly all modern paradoxes merely announce death. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The great misfortune of the modern English is not at all that they are more boastful than other people (they are not); it is that they are boastful about those particular things which nobody can boast of without losing them. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The most astonishing thing about miracles is that they happen. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The people who are the most bigoted are the people who have no convictions at all. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Fairy Tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. Gilbert K Chesterton
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You could compile, I should think, the worst book in the world entirely out of selecting passages from the best writers in the world. Gilbert K Chesterton
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This diseased pride [of artistic individualists] was not even conscious of a public interest, and would have found all political terms utterly tasteless and insignificant. It was no longer a question of one man one vote, but of one man one universe. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There are two kinds of people in the world: the conscious dogmatists and the unconscious dogmatists. I have always found myself that the unconscious dogmatists were by far the most dogmatic. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Man is an exception, whatever else he is. If he is not the image of God, then he is a disease of the dust. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Prince, Bayard would have smashed his sword To see the sort of knights you dub- Is that the last of them - O Lord Will someone take me to a pub? Gilbert K Chesterton
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