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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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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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We all feel the riddle of the earth without anyone to point it out. The mystery of life is the plainest part of it. The clouds and curtains of darkness, the confounding vapors, these are the daily weather of this world. 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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Most Americans ... have a sort of permanent intoxication from within, a sort of invisible champagne. Gilbert K Chesterton
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If you spell a word wrong you have some temptation to think it wrong. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Tolerance is a virtue of people who don't believe in anything anymore. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Men rush toward complexity; but yearn for simplicity. 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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One can no more have a private religion than one can have a private sun or a private moon. 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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The State did not own men so entirely, even when it could send them to the stake, as it sometimes does now where it can send them to the elementary school. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A dead thing goes with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The center of every man's existence is a dream. Death, disease, insanity, are merely material accidents, like a toothache or a twisted ankle. That these brutal forces always besiege and often capture the citadel does not prove that they are the citadel. 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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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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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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The Mass is very long and tiresome unless one loves God. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There again," said Syme irritably, "what is there poetical about being in revolt? You might as well say that it is poetical to be sea-sick. Being sick is a revolt. Both being sick and being rebellious may be the wholesome thing on certain desperate occasions; but I'm hanged if I can see why they are poetical...It is things going right," he cried, "that is poetical! Our digestions, for instance, going sacredly and silently right, that is the foundation of all poetry...the most poetical thing in the world is not being sick. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Blessed is he that expecteth nothing, for he shall be gloriously surprised. Gilbert K Chesterton
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An event is not any more intrinsically intelligible or unintelligible because of the pace at which it moves. For a man who does not believe in a miracle, a slow miracle would be just as incredible as a swift one. The Greek witch may have turned sailors to swine with a stroke of the wand. But to see a naval gentleman of our acquaintance looking a little more like a pig every day, till he ended with four trotters and a curly tail, would not be any more soothing. It might be rather more creepy and uncanny. 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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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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