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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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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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The comedy of man survives the tragedy of man. 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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The word good has many meanings... 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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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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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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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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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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The most astonishing thing about miracles is that they happen. 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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