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Gilbert K Chesterton
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Progress is the mother of all problems. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Unfortunately, 19th-century scientists were just as ready to jump to the conclusion that any guess about nature was an obvious fact, as were 17th-century sectarians to jump to the conclusion that any guess about Scripture was the obvious explanation . . . . and this clumsy collision of two very impatient forms of ignorance was known as the quarrel of Science and Religion. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There are no uninteresting things, there are only uninterested people. Gilbert K Chesterton
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They have given us into the hand of new unhappy lords. Lords without anger and honor, who dare not carry their swords. They fight by shuffling papers; they have bright dead alien eyes; They look at our labor and laughter as a tired man looks at flies. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It's not the world that's gotten so much worse, but the news coverage that's gotten so much better. Gilbert K Chesterton
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And pray where in earth or heaven are there prudent marriages-Might as well talk about prudent suicides. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Bosh, he said, On what else is the whole world run but immediate impressions? What is more practical? My friend, 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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Earnest Freethinkers need not worry themselves so much about the persecutions of the past. Before the Liberal idea is dead or triumphant we shall see wars and persecutions the like of which the world has never seen. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I know of men who believe in themselves more colossally than Napoleon or Caesar. I know where flames the fixed star of certainty and success. I can guide you to the thrones of the Super-men. The men who really believe in themselves are all in lunatic asylums. Gilbert K Chesterton
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What though they come with scroll and pen, And grave as a shaven clerk, By this sign you shall know them, That they ruin and make dark. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is often a mistake to combine two pleasures, because pleasures, like pains, can act as counter-irritants to each other. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The word 'heresy' not only means no longer being wrong; it practically means being clear-headed and courageous. The word 'orthodoxy' not only no longer means being right; it practically means being wrong Gilbert K Chesterton
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Tradition is only democracy extended through time; it may be defined as an extension of the franchise. 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 the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who are merely walking about. All democrats object to men being disqualified by accident of birth; tradition objects to their being disqualified by accident of death. Democracy tells us not to neglect a good man's opinion, even if he is our father. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I am not fighting a hopeless fight. People who have fought in real fights don't, as a rule. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect. Men do not quarrel about the meaning of sunsets; they never dispute that the hawthorn says the best and wittiest thing about the spring. 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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I like the Americans for a great many reasons. I like them because even the modern thing called industrialism has not entirely destroyed in them the very ancient thing called democracy. I like them because they have a respect for work which really curbs the human tendency to snobbishness. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Youth is always too serious, and just now it is too serious about frivolity. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Everyone seems to assume that the unscrupulous parts of journalism will be the frivolous or jocular parts. This is against all ethical experience. Jokes are generally honest. Complete solemnity is almost always dishonest. The writer of the snippet merely refers to a frivolous and fugitive fact in a frivolous and fugitive way. The writer of the leading article has to write about a fact he has known for 20 minutes as though he has studied it for 20 years. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Meaninglessness does not come from being weary of pain. Meaninglessness comes from being weary of pleasure. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Tea, although an OrientalIs a gentleman at least;Cocoa is a cad and coward,Cocoa is a vulgar beast. Gilbert K Chesterton
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What is called matriarchy is simply moral anarchy, in which the mother alone remains fixed because all the fathers are fugitive and irresponsible. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We lose our bearings entirely by speaking of the 'lower classes' when we mean humanity minus ourselves. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There are no boring subjects, only disinterested minds. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I am more than a devil; I am a man. I can do the one thing which Satan himself cannot do- I can die. Gilbert K Chesterton
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For when we cease to worship God, we do not worship nothing, we worship anything. Gilbert K Chesterton
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of being strong and brave. The strong can not be brave. Only the weak can be brave; and yet again, in practice, only those who can be brave can be trusted, in time of doubt, to be strong. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There are no words to express the abyss between isolation and having one ally. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Christianity satisfies suddenly and perfectly man's ancestral instinct for being the right way up; satisfies it supremely in this, that by its creed Joy becomes something gigantic, and Sadness something special and small. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is generally the man who is not ready to argue, who is ready to sneer. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Passion makes every detail important. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A man must be orthodox upon most things, or he will never even have time to preach his own heresy. Gilbert K Chesterton
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If a rhinoceros were to enter this restaurant now, there is no denying he would have great power here. But I should be the first to rise and assure him that he had no authority whatever. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is a case for telling the truth; there is a case for avoiding the scandal; but there is no possible defense for the man who tells the scandal, but does not tell the truth Gilbert K Chesterton
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Courage is getting away from death by continually coming within an inch of it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There are many definite methods, honest and dishonest, which make people rich; the only instinct I know of which does it is that instinct which theological Christianity crudely describes as the sin of avarice. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There are arguments for atheism, and they do not depend, and never did depend, upon science. They are arguable enough, as far as they go, upon a general survey of life; only it happens to be a superficial survey of life. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Aesthetes never do anything but what they are told. Gilbert K Chesterton
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My attitude toward progress has passed from antagonism to boredom. I have long ceased to argue with people who prefer Thursday to Wednesday because it is Thursday. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I still hold. . .that the suburbs ought to be either glorified by romance and religion or else destroyed by fire from heaven, or even by firebrands from the earth. Gilbert K Chesterton
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America is the only country ever founded on a creed. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is the mark of our whole modern history that the masses are kept quiet with a fight. They are kept quiet by the fight because it is a sham-fight; thus most of us know by this time that the Party System has been popular only in the sense that a football match is popular. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I have formed a very clear conception of patriotism. I have generally found it thrust into the foreground by some fellow who has something to hide in the background. I have seen a great deal of patriotism; and I have generally found it the last refuge of the scoundrel. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The world will very soon be divided, unless I am mistaken, into those who still go on explaining our success, and those somewhat more intelligent who are trying to explain our failure. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There are some desires that are not desirable. Gilbert K Chesterton
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From the standpoint of any sane person, the present problem of capitalist concentration is not only a question of law, but of criminal law, not to mention criminal lunacy. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A man making the confession of any creed worth ten minutes' intelligent talk, is always a man who gains something and gives up something. So long as he does both he can create; for he is making an outline and a shape. Mohamet created, when he forbade wine but allowed five wives: he created a very big thing, which we have still to deal with. Gilbert K Chesterton
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When people talk as if the Crusades were nothing more than an aggressive raid against Islam, they seem to forget in the strangest way that Islam itself was only an aggressive raid against the old and ordered civilization in these parts. I do not say it in mere hostility to the religion of Mahomet; I am fully conscious of many values and virtues in it; but certainly it was Islam that was the invasion and Christendom that was the thing invaded. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Comradeship is quite a different thing from friendship. . . Gilbert K Chesterton
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Dogma is actually the only thing that cannot be separated from education. It IS education. A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching. There are no uneducated people; only most people are educated wrong. The true task of culture today is not a task of expansion, but of selection-and-rejection. The educationist must find a creed and teach it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Playing as children means playing is the most serious thing in the world. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The real trouble with this world of ours is not that it is an unreasonable world, nor even that it is a reasonable one. The commonest kind of trouble is that it is nearly reasonable, but not quite. ... It looks just a little more mathematical and regular than it is; its exactitude is obvious, but its inexactitude is hidden; its wilderness lies in wait. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is something to be said for every error; but, whatever may be said for it, the most important thing to be said about it is that it is erroneous. Gilbert K Chesterton
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You cannot love a thing without wanting to fight for it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We must be fond of the world, even in order to change it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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You could compile the worst book in the world entirely out of selected passages from the best writers in the world. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The idea of private property universal but private, the idea of families free but still families, of domesticity democratic but still domestic, of one man one house - this remains the real vision and magnet of mankind. The world may accept something more official and general, less human and intimate. But the world will be like a broken-hearted woman who makes a humdrum marriage because she may not make a happy one; Socialism may be the world's deliverance, but it is not the world's desire. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Any one of the strange laws we suffer is a compromise between a fad and a vested interest. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Science boasts of the distance of its stars; of the terrific remoteness of the things of which it has to speak. But poetry and religion always insist upon the proximity, the almost menacing closeness of the things with which they are concerned. Always the Kingdom of Heaven is "At Hand." Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is very good for a man to talk about what he does not understand; as long as he understands that he does not understand it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The 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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Romance is the combination of something that is strange with something that is secure. Gilbert K Chesterton
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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. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The difficulty of explaining 'why I am a Catholic' is that there are ten thousand reasons all amounting to one reason: that Catholicism is true. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Men rush towards complexity, but they yearn towards simplicity. They try to be kings; but they dream of being shepherds. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Agnostic is the Greek word, for the Latin word, for ignorant Gilbert K Chesterton
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A great classic means a man whom one can praise without having read. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Grey is a colour that always seems on the eve of changing to some other colour. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Boys like romantic tales; but babies like realistic tales-because they find them romantic. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is because artists do not practise, patrons do not patronize, crowds do not assemble to reverently worship the great work of Doing Nothing, that the world has lost its philosophy and even failed to invent a new religion. Gilbert K Chesterton
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