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Gilbert K Chesterton
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There are many books which we think we have read when we have not. There are, at least, many that we think we remember when we do not. An original picture was, perhaps, imprinted upon the brain, but it has changed with our own changing minds. We only remember our remembrance. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Students of popular science... are always insisting that Christianity and Buddhism are very much alike, especially Buddhism. This is generally believed, and I believed it myself until I read a book giving the reasons for it. 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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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 is in life an element of elfin coincidence which people reckoning on the prosaic may perpetually miss. As it has been well expressed in the paradox of Poe, wisdom should reason on the unforeseen. Gilbert K Chesterton
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No animal ever invented anything as bad as drunkenness - or so good as drink. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I do not feel any contempt for an atheist, who is often a man limited and constrained by his own logic to a very sad simplification. Gilbert K Chesterton
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If you attempt an actual argument with a modern paper of opposite politics, you will have no answer except slanging or silence. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A man imagines a happy marriage as a marriage of love; even if he makes fun of marriages that are without love, or feels sorry for lovers who are without marriage. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Theology is only thought applied to religion. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The great majority of people will go on observing forms that cannot be explained; they will keep Christmas Day with Christmas gifts and Christmas benedictions; they will continue to do it; and some day suddenly wake up and discover why. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The voice of the special rebels and prophets, recommending discontent, should, as I have said, sound now and then suddenly, like a trumpet. But the voices of the saints and sages, recommending contentment, should sound unceasingly, like the sea. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is not really any courage at all in attacking hoary or antiquated things, any more than in offering to fight one's grandmother. The really courageous man is he who defies tyrannies young as the morning and superstitions fresh as the first flowers. The only true free-thinker is he whose intellect is as much free from the future as from the past. Gilbert K Chesterton
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These are the things which might conceivably and truly make men forgive their enemies. We can only turn hate to love by understanding what are the things that men have loved; nor is it necessary to ask men to hate their loves in order to love one another. Just as two grocers are most likely to be reconciled when they remember for a moment that they are two fathers, so two nationals are most likely to be reconciled when they remember (if only for a moment) that they are two patriots. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The sceptics, like bees, give their one sting and die. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The home is not the one tame place in the world of adventure. It is the one wild place in the world of rules and set tasks. 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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Even the moon is only poetical because there is a man in the moon. Gilbert K Chesterton
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He is a [sane] man who can have tragedy in his heart and comedy in his head. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Women are the only realists; their whole object in life is to pit their realism against the extravagant, excessive, and occasionally drunken idealism of men. Gilbert K Chesterton
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One can hardly think too little of one's self. One can hardly think too much of one's soul. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Evil always wins through the strength of its splendid dupes; and there has in all ages been a disastrous alliance between abnormal innocence and abnormal sin. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Who would condescend to strike down the mere things that he does not fear? Who would debase himself to be merely brave, like any common prizefighter? Who would stoop to be fearless-like a tree? Fight the thing that you fear. You remember the old tale of the English clergyman who gave the last rites to the brigand of Sicily, and how on his death-bed the great robber said, 'I can give you no money, but I can give you advice for a lifetime: your thumb on the blade, and strike upwards.' So I say to you, strike upwards, if you strike at the stars. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I wish we could sometimes love the characters in real life as we love the characters in romances. There are a great many human souls whom we should accept more kindly, and even appreciate more clearly, if we simply thought of them as people in a story. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A madman is not someone who has lost his reason but someone who has lost everything but his reason Gilbert K Chesterton
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Pessimism is not in being tired of evil but in being tired of good. Despair does not lie in being weary of suffering, but in being weary of joy. It is when for some reason or other good things in a society no longer work that the society begins to decline; when its food does not feed, when its cures do not cure, when its blessings refuse to bless. 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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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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But those dealing in the actual manufacture of mind are dealing in a very explosive material. The material is not merely the clay of which man is master, but the truths or semblances of truth which have a certain mastery over man. The material is explosive because it must be taken seriously. The men writing books really are throwing bombs. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The full value of this life can only be got by fighting; the violent take it by storm. And if we have accepted everything we have missed something - war. This life of ours is a very enjoyable fight, but a very miserable truce. Gilbert K Chesterton
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But I was frightfully fond of the universe and wanted to address it by a diminutive. I often did so; and it never seemed to mind. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The supreme adventure is being born. There we do walk suddenly into a splendid and startling trap... When we step into the family, by the act of being born, we do step into a world which is incalculable, into a world which has its own strange laws, into a world which could do without us, into a world we have not made. In other words, when we step into the family we step into a fairy-tale. Gilbert K Chesterton
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In anything that does cover the whole of your life - in your philosophy and your religion - you must have mirth. If you do not have mirth you will certainly have madness. Gilbert K Chesterton
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What is the good of words if they aren't important enough to quarrel over? Why do we choose one word more than another if there isn't any difference between them? If you called a woman a chimpanzee instead of an angel, wouldn't there be a quarrel about a word? If you're not going to argue about words, what are you going to argue about? Are you going to convey your meaning to me by moving your ears? The Church and the heresies always used to fight about words, because they are the only thing worth fighting about. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We fear men so much, because we fear God so little. One fear cures another. When man's terror scares you, turn your thoughts to the wrath of God. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The great Gaels of Ireland are the men that God made mad, For all their wars are merry, and all their songs are sad. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Reason is itself a matter of faith. It is an act of faith to assert that our thoughts have any relation to reality at all. Gilbert K Chesterton
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They hate kings, they hate priests, they hate soldiers, they hate sailors. They distrust men of science, they denounce the middle classes, they despair of working men, but they adore humanity. Only they always speak of humanity as if it were a curious foreign nation. They are dividing themselves more and more from men to exalt the strange race of mankind. They are ceasing to be human in the effort to be humane. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Thrift is poetic because it is creative; waste is unpoetic because it is waste. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A man is angry at a libel because it is false, but at a satire because it is true. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The purpose of Compulsory Education is to deprive the common people of their commonsense. Gilbert K Chesterton
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How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is nothing the matter with Americans except their ideals. The real American is all right; it is the ideal American who is all wrong. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The only way of catching a train I have ever discovered is to miss the train before. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is but an inch of difference between a cushioned chamber and a padded cell. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Women prefer to talk in twos, while men prefer to talk in threes. Gilbert K Chesterton
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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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Half a truth is better than no politics. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Once I planned to write a book of poems entirely about the things in my pocket. But I found it would be too long; and the age of the great epics is past. Gilbert K Chesterton
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And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow. Gilbert K Chesterton
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