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Gilbert K Chesterton
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The repetition in Nature may not be a mere recurrence; it may be a theatrical encore. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Among the rich you will never find a really generous man even by accident. They may give their money away, but they will never give themselves away; they are egotistic, secretive, dry as old bones. To be smart enough to get all that money you must be dull enough to want it. 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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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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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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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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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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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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And they that rule in England, in stately conclaves met, alas, alas for England they have no graves as yet. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Education is the period during which you are being instructed by somebody you do not know, about something you do not want to know. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying. Gilbert K Chesterton
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In matters of truth the fact that you don't want to publish something is, nine times out of ten, a proof that you ought to publish it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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'My country, right or wrong' is a thing no patriot would ever think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying 'My mother, drunk or sober.' Gilbert K Chesterton
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New roads; new ruts. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The ordinary scientific man is strictly a sentimentalist. He is a sentimentalist in this essential sense, that he is soaked and swept away by mere associations. 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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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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You!" he cried. "You never hated because you never lived. I know what you are all of you, from first to last-you are the people in power! You are the police-the great, fat smiling men in blue and buttons! You are the Law, and you have never been broken. But is there a free soul alive that does not long to break you, only because you have never been broken? Gilbert K Chesterton
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There are no words to express the abyss between isolation and having one ally. It may be conceded to the mathematician that four is twice two. But two is not twice one; two is two thousand times one. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We are to regard existence as a raid or great adventure; it is to be judged, therefore, not by what calamities it encounters, but by what flag it follows and what high town it assaults. The most dangerous thing in the world is to be alive; one is always in danger of one's life. But anyone who shrinks from that is a traitor to the great scheme and experiment of being. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean. Gilbert K Chesterton
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To complain that I could only be married once was like complaining that I had only been born once. 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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Many clever men like you have trusted to civilization. Many clever Babylonians, many clever Egyptians, many clever men at the end of Rome. Can you tell me, in a world that is flagrant with the failures of civilisation, what there is particularly immortal about yours? Gilbert K Chesterton
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There are two kinds of charlatan: the man who is called a charlatan, and the man who really is one. The first is the quack who cures you; the second is the highly qualified person who doesn't. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There are two kinds of rebellion. The first is one in which the slave demands something that the tyrant has got. The second is one in which he demands something that the tyrant has not got. Gilbert K Chesterton
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When people impute special vices to the Christian Church, they seem entirely to forget that the world (which is the only other thing there is) has these vices much more. The Church has been cruel; but the world has been much more cruel. The Church has plotted; but the world has plotted much more. The Church has been superstitious; but it has never been so superstitious as the world is when left to itself. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Most Americans are born drunk, and really require a little wine or beer to sober them. They have a sort of permanent intoxication from within, a sort of invisible champagne. Americans do not need to drink to inspire them to do anything, though they do sometimes, I think, need a little for the deeper and more delicate purpose of teaching them how to do nothing. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The man who lives in contact with what he believes to be a living Church is a man always expecting to meet Plato and Shakespeare tomorrow at breakfast. He is always expecting to see some truth that he has never seen before. 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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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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