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Gilbert K Chesterton
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Psychoanalysis is a science conducted by lunatics for lunatics. They are generally concerned with proving that people are irresponsible; and they certainly succeed in proving that some people are Gilbert K Chesterton
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The books that influence the world are those that it has not read. 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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If we are bound to improve, we need not trouble to improve. The pure doctrine of progress is the best of all reasons for not being a progressive. Gilbert K Chesterton
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In truth, there are only two kinds of people; those who accept dogma and know it, and those who accept dogma and don't know it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Nobody understands the nature of the Church, or the ringing note of the creed descending from antiquity, who does not realize that the whole world once very nearly died of broadmindedness and the brotherhood of all religions. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Free verse'? You may as well call sleeping in a ditch 'free architecture'. Gilbert K Chesterton
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He wondered why the pelican was the symbol of charity, except it was that it wanted a good deal of charity to admire a pelican. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is a corollary to the conception of being too proud to fight. It is that the humble have to do most of the fighting. Gilbert K Chesterton
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No man can be merry unless he is serious. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Democracy is reproached with saying that the majority is always right. But progress says that the minority is always right. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Men did not love Rome because she was great. She was great because they had loved her. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A man can never quite understand a boy, even when he has been a boy. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Exactly what the fairy tale does is this: it accustoms [the child] to the idea that these limitless terrors had a limit, that these shapeless enemies have enemies in the knights of God, that there is something in the universe more mystical than darkness, and stronger than strong fear. Gilbert K Chesterton
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What we suffer from today is humility in the wrong place...The old humility was a spur that prevented a man from stopping; not a nail in his boot that prevented him from going on. For the old humility made a man doubtful about his efforts, which made him work harder. But the new humility makes a man doubtful about his aims, which will make him stop working altogether. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The evolutionists seem to know everything about the missing link except the fact that it is missing. Gilbert K Chesterton
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When men cease to believe in God, they will believe in anything Gilbert K Chesterton
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The worst moment for an atheist is when he feels a profound sense of gratitude and has no one to thank. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Cleanliness is not next to godliness nowadays, for cleanliness is made an essential and godliness is regarded as an offence. Gilbert K Chesterton
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(Tradition) is the democracy of the dead. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person. Nothing is more keenly required than a defence of bores. When Byron divided humanity into the bores and bored, he omitted to notice that the higher qualities exist entirely in the bores, the lower qualities in the bored, among whom he counted himself. The bore, by his starry enthusiasm, his solemn happiness, may, in some sense, have proved himself poetical. The bored has certainly proved himself prosaic. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The hands that had made the sun and stars were too small to reach the huge heads of the cattle. Upon this paradox, we might almost say upon this jest, all the literature of our faith is founded. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The mind that finds its way to wild places is the poet's; but the mind that never finds its way back is the lunatic's. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The outer ring of Christianity is a rigid guard of ethical abnegations and professional priests; but inside that inhuman guard you will find the old human life dancing like children and drinking wine like men; for Christianity is the only frame for pagan freedom. But in the modern philosophy the case is opposite; it is its outer ring that is obviously artistic and emancipated; its despair is within. Gilbert K Chesterton
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If the barricades went up in our streets and the poor became masters, I think the priests would escape, I fear the gentlemen would; but I believe the gutters would simply be running with the blood of philanthropists. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I would never commit the positively anti-social action of robbing a bank, or worse still, working in one. Gilbert K Chesterton
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America is the only nation in the world that is founded on creed. That creed is set forth with dogmatic and even theological lucidity in the Declaration of Independence; perhaps the only piece of practical politics that is also theoretical politics and also great literature. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is shorter to state the things forbidden than the things permitted; precisely because most things are permitted and only a few things forbidden. Gilbert K Chesterton
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IF we desire European civilization to be a raid and a rescue, we shall insist rather that souls are in real peril than that their peril is ultimately unreal. And if we wish to exalt the outcast and the crucified, we shall rather wish to think that a veritable God was crucified, rather than a mere sage or hero. Above all, if we wish to protect the poor we shall be in favour of fixed rules and clear dogmas. The rules of a club are occasionally in favour of the poor member. The drift of a club is always in favour of the rich one. Gilbert K Chesterton
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All good writers express the state of their souls, even (as occurs in some cases of very good writers) if it is a state of damnation. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The center of every man's existence is a dream. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There are a good many fools who call me a friend, and also a good many friends who call me a fool. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A society is in decay, final or transitional, when common sense really becomes uncommon. Gilbert K Chesterton
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[Consider] a fence or gate erected across a road] The more modern type of reformer goes gaily up to it and says, "I don't see the use of this; let us clear it away." To which the more intelligent type of reformer will do well to answer: "If you don't see the use of it, I certainly won't let you clear it away. Go away and think. Then, when you can come back and tell me that you do see the use of it, I may allow you to destroy it." Gilbert K Chesterton
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Progress is the mother of problems. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Truth can understand error, but error cannot understand truth. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The Church is a house with a hundred gates: and no two men enter at exactly the same angle Gilbert K Chesterton
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Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances that we know to be desperate. Gilbert K Chesterton
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When men have come to the edge of a precipice, it is the lover of life who has the spirit to leap backwards, and only the pessimist who continues to believe in progress. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is impossible without humility to enjoy anything - even pride. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Where does a wise man hide a leaf? In the forest. But what does he do if there is no forest? He grows a forest to hide it in. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The position we have now reached is this: starting from the State, we try to remedy the failures of all the families, all the nurseries, all the schools, all the workshops, all the secondary institutions that once had some authority of their own. Everything is ultimately brought into the Law Courts. We are trying to stop the leak at the other end. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A modern vegetarian is also a teetotaler, yet there is no obvious connection between consuming vegetables and not consuming fermented vegetables. A drunkard, when lifted laboriously out of the gutter, might well be heard huskily to plead that he had fallen there through excessive devotion to a vegetable diet. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Instead of looking at books and pictures about the New Testament I looked at the New Testament. There I found an account, not in the least of a person with his hair parted in the middle or his hands clasped in appeal, but of an extraordinary being with lips of thunder and acts of lurid decision, flinging down tables, casting out devils, passing with the wild secrecy of the wind from mountain isolation to a sort of dreadful demagogy; a being who often acted like an angry god - and always like a god. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There are no wise few. Every aristocracy that has ever existed has behaved, in all essential points, exactly like a small mob. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I still think sincere pessimism the unpardonable sin. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Life is indeed terribly complicated-to a man who has lost his principles. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Mankind is not a tribe of animals to which we owe compassion. Mankind is a club to which we owe our subscription. Gilbert K Chesterton
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An artist will betray himself by some sort of sincerity. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A great deal of contemporary criticism reads to me like a man saying, 'Of course I do not like green cheese. I am very fond of brown sherry. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is nothing harder to learn than painting and nothing which most people take less trouble about learning. Gilbert K Chesterton
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He who has no sympathy with myths has no sympathy with men Gilbert K Chesterton
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Marriage is a sort of poetical see-saw. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The philosophy of this world may be founded on facts, but its business is run on spiritual impressions and atmospheres. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Blasphemy is an artistic effect, because blasphemy depends upon a philosophical conviction. Blasphemy depends upon belief and is fading with it. If any one doubts this, let him sit down seriously and try to think blasphemous thoughts about Thor. Gilbert K Chesterton
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If a man says that he is Jesus Christ, it is no answer to tell him that the world denies his divinity; for the world denied Christ's. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Always be comic in a tragedy. What the deuce else can you do? Gilbert K Chesterton
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The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world. Gilbert K Chesterton
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For Tommy, on that hot and empty afternoon, was in a state of mind in which grown-up people go away and write books about their whole world, and stories about what it is like to be married, and plays about the important problems of modern times. Tommy, being only ten years old, was not able to do harm on this large and handsome scale. Gilbert K Chesterton
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[Paradox is] truth standing on its head to gain attention. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is no better test of a man's ultimate chivalry and integrity than how he behaves when he is wrong... A stiff apology is a second insult. Gilbert K Chesterton
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If, therefore, nonsense is really to be the literature of the future, it must have its own version of the Cosmos to offer; the world must not only be tragic, romantic, and religious, it must be nonsensical also. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I should say that psycho-analysis was confession without absolution. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There must be some good in the life of battle, for so many good men have enjoyed being soldiers. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The great intellectual tradition that comes down to us from the past was never interrupted or lost through such trifles as the sack of Rome, the triumph of Attila, or all the barbarian invasions of the Dark Ages. It was lost after the introduction of printing, the discovery of America, the founding of the Royal Society, and all the enlightenment of the Renaissance and the modern world. It was there, if anywhere, that there was lost or impatiently snapped the long thin delicate thread that had descended from distant antiquity; the thread of that unusual human hobby: the habit of thinking. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Original sin is the only doctrine that's been empirically validated by 2,000 years of human history. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is only one reason an intelligent person doesn't believe in miracles. He or she believes in materialism. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The fact is that purification and austerity are even more necessary for the appreciation of life and laughter than for anything else. To let no bird fly past unnoticed, to spell the stones and weeds, to have the mind a storehouse of sunset, requires a discipline in pleasure and an education in gratitude. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Every true artist feels that he is touching transcendental truths; that his images are shadows of things seen through the veil. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Every man is important is he loses his life; and every man is funny if he loses his hat and has to run after it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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