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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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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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Coincidence is a spiritual pun. 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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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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Each generation is converted by the saint who contradicts it most. Gilbert K Chesterton
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children are simply human beings who are allowed to do what everyone else really desires to do, as for instance, to fly kites, or when seriously wronged to emit prolonged screams for several minutes. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Every one of the great revolutionists, from Isaiah to Shelley, have been optimists. They have been indignant, not about the badness of existence, but about the slowness of men in realizing its goodness. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is better to speak wisdom foolishly like the saints than to speak folly wisely like the deans. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The reason that angels fly is that they take themselves so lightly. 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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I represent the jolly mass of mankind. I am the happy and reckless Christian. Gilbert K Chesterton
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If you convey to a woman that something ought to be done, there is always a dreadful danger that she will suddenly do it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Now there is any amount of this nonsense cropping up among American cranks. Anybody may propose to establish coercive Eugenics; or enforce psychoanalysis that is, enforce confession without absolution. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The modern world seems to have no notion of preserving different things side by side, of allowing its proper and proportionate place to each, of saving the whole varied heritage of culture. It has no notion except that of simplifying something by destroying nearly everything. Gilbert K Chesterton
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To be born into this earth is to be born into uncongenial surroundings, hence to be born into a romance. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Comradeship is obvious and universal and open; but it is only one kind of affection; it has characteristics that would destroy any other kind. Anyone who has known true comradeship in a club or in a regiment, knows that it is impersonal. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Every remedy is a desperate remedy. Every cure is a miraculous cure. Curing a madman is not arguing with a philosopher; it is casting out a devil. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Bowing down in blind credulity, as is my custom, before mere authority and the tradition of the elders, superstitiously swallowing a story I could not test at the time by experiment or private judgment, I am firmly of the opinion that I was born on the 29th of May, 1874, on Campden Hill, Kensington; and baptised according to the formularies of the Church of England in the little church of St. George opposite the large Waterworks Tower that dominated that ridge. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We all live in the past, because there is nothing else to live in. To live in the present is like proposing to sit on a pin. It is too minute, it is too slight a support, it is too uncomfortable a posture, and it is of necessity followed immediately by totally different experiences, analogous to those of jumping up with a yell. Gilbert K Chesterton
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One must somehow find a way of loving the world without trusting it; somehow one must love the world without being worldly. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I still believe in liberalism today as much as I ever did, but, oh, there was a happy time when I believed in liberals... Gilbert K Chesterton
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Journalism largely consists of saying "Lord Jones is Dead" to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese. 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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The poor object to being governed badly, while the rich object to being governed at all. Gilbert K Chesterton
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By all men bond to Nothing, Being slaves without a lord, By one blind idiot world obeyed, Too blind to be abhorred. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it. 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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The worst of work nowadays is what happens to people when they cease to work. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Education is the period during which I was being instructed by somebody I did not know, about something I did not want to know. Gilbert K Chesterton
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You have weighed the stars in the balance, and grasped the skies in a span: Take, if you must have answer, the word of a common man. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A dying monarchy is always one that has too much power, not too little; a dying religion always interferes more than it ought, not less. Gilbert K Chesterton
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His English education at one of the great public schools had preserved his intellect perfectly and permanently at the stage of boyhood. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Before the Roman came to Rye or out to Severn strode, The rolling English drunkard made the rolling English road. Gilbert K Chesterton
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You may say, if you like, that the man is free to think himself a poached egg. But it is surely a more massive and important fact that if he is a poached egg he is not free to eat, drink, sleep, walk, or smoke a cigarette. Similarly you may say, if you like, that the bold determinist speculator is free to disbelieve in the reality of the will. But it is a much more massive and important fact that he is not free to raise, to curse, to thank, to justify, to urge, to punish, to resist temptations, to incite mobs, to make New Year resolutions, to pardon sinners, to rebuke tyrants, or even to say "thank you" for the mustard. Gilbert K Chesterton
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To downgrade the human mind is bad theology. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Such professions as the soldier and the lawyer ... give ample opportunity for crimes but not much for mere illusions. ... If you have lost a battle you cannot believe you have won it; if your client is hanged you cannot pretend that you have gotten him off. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Altruists, with thin, weak voices, denounce Christ as an egoist. Egoists (with even thinner and weaker voices) denounce Him as an altruist. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Mr. Blatchford says that there was not a Fall but a gradual rise. But the very word "rise" implies that you know toward what you are rising. Unless there is a standard you cannot tell whether you are rising or falling. But the main point is that the Fall like every other large path of Christianity is embodied in the common language talked on the top of an omnibus. Anybody might say, "Very few men are really Manly." Nobody would say, "Very few whales are really whaley." Gilbert K Chesterton
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