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Gilbert K Chesterton
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Democracy is like blowing your nose. You may not do it well, but it's something you ought to do yourself. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is less difference than many suppose between the ideal Socialist system, in which the big businesses are run by the State, and the present Capitalist system, in which the State is run by the big businesses. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The big corporation is not in the least remarkable for efficiency; it is only too big to be blamed for its inefficiency. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The simple sense of wonder at the shapes of things, and at their exuberant independence of our intellectual standards and our trivial definitions, is the basis of spirituality. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Posting a letter and getting married [sic] are among the few things left that are entirely romantic; for to be entirely romantic, a thing must be irrevocable Gilbert K Chesterton
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We do not want, as the newspapers say, a church that will move with the world. We want a church that will move the world. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Laughter has something in it common with the ancient words of faith and inspiration; it unfreezes pride and unwinds secrecy; it makes people forget themselves in the presence of something greater than themselves. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The obvious effect of frivolous divorce will be frivolous marriage. If people can be separated for no reason they will feel it all the easier to be united for no reason. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Around every corner is another gift waiting to surprise us, and it will surprise us if we can achieve control over our natural tendencies to make comparisons [to things that are better rather than things that are worse], to take things for granted [rather than imagining how much worse things would be if they weren't there and so feeling grateful], and to feel entitled! Gilbert K Chesterton
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The average woman is at the head of something with which she can do as she likes; the average man has to obey orders and do nothing else. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Be careful how you suggest things to me. For there is in me a madness which goes beyond martyrdom, the madness of an utterly idle man. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Tolerance is the virtue of those who don't believe anything. Gilbert K Chesterton
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ONCE remove the old arena of theological quarrels, and you will throw open the whole world to the most horrible, the most hopeless, the most endless, the most truly interminable quarrels; the untheological quarrels. Gilbert K Chesterton
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All men are ordinary men; the extraordinary men are those who know it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Lord! what a strange world in which a man cannot remain unique even by taking the trouble to go mad! Gilbert K Chesterton
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Though the academic authorities are actually proud of conducting everything by means of Examinations, they seldom indulge in what religious people used to descibe as Self-Examination. The consequence is that the modern State has educated its citizens in a series of ephemeral fads. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A strange fanaticism fills our time: the fanatical hatred of morality, especially of Christian morality. Gilbert K Chesterton
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If a man does not talk to himself, it is because he is not worth talking to. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Let us not decide what is good, but let it be considered good not to decide it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Christianity got over the difficulty of combining furious opposites, by keeping them both, and keeping them both furious. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is no way in which a man can earn a star or deserve a sunset. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Before the Roman came to Rye or out to severn strode, / The rolling English drunkard made the rolling English road. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Honour is a luxury for aristocrats, but it is a necessity for hall-porters. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Ideas are dangerous, but the man to whom they are least dangerous is the man of ideas. He is acquainted with ideas, and moves among them like a lion-tamer. Ideas are dangerous, but the man to whom they are most dangerous is the man of no ideas. The man of no ideas will find the first idea fly to his head like wine to the head of a teetotaller. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Religious and philosophical beliefs are, indeed, as dangerous as fire, and nothing can take from them that beauty of danger. But there is only one way of really guarding ourselves against the excessive danger of them, and that is to be steeped in philosophy and soaked in religion. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Truths turn into dogmas the instant that they are disputed. Thus every man who utters a doubt defines a religion. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The cause which is blocking all progress today is the subtle scepticism which whispers in a million ears that things are not good enough to be worth improving. If the world is good we are revolutionaries , if the world is evil we must be conservatives . These essays, futile as they are considered as serious literature, are yet ethically sincere , since they seek to remind men that things must be loved first and improved afterwards. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The poet only asks to get his head into the heavens. It is the logician who seeks to get the heavens into his head. And it is his head that splits. Gilbert K Chesterton
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You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It never occurred to him to be spiritually won over to the enemy. Many moderns, inured to a weak worship of intellect and force, might have wavered in their allegiance under this oppression of a great personality. . . . But this was a kind of modern meanness to which Syme could not sink even in his extreme morbidity. Like any man, he was coward enough to fear great force; but he was not coward enough to admire it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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No man must be superior to the things that are common to men.... Not only are we all in the same boat, but we are all seasick. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The perils, rewards, punishments, and fulfillments of an adventure must be real, or the adventure is only a shifting and heartless nightmare. If I bet I must be made to pay, or there is no poetry in betting. If I challenge I must be made to fight, or there is no poetry in challenging. If I vow to be faithful I must be cursed when I am unfaithful, or there is no fun vowing. Gilbert K Chesterton
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You don't want to be so open minded that your brains fall out! Gilbert K Chesterton
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Then I only wondered who put the toys in the stocking; now I wonder who put the stocking by the bed, and the bed in the room, and the room in the house, and the house on the planet, and the great planet in the void. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We are learning to do a great many clever things. The next great task will be to learn not to do them. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is no logical connection between flying and laying eggs. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Sticking to one woman is a small price to pay for so much as having seen one woman. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Surprise is the secret of joy. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Those who leave the tradition of truth do not escape into something which we call Freedom. They only escape into something else, which we call Fashion. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is unpardonable conceit not to laugh at your own jokes. Joking is undignified; that is why it is so good for one's soul. Do not fancy you can be a detached wit and avoid being a buffoon; you cannot. If you are the Court Jester you must be the Court Fool. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs? Gilbert K Chesterton
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Variability is one of the virtues of a woman. It avoids the crude requirement of polygamy. So long as you have one good wife you are sure to have a spiritual harem. Gilbert K Chesterton
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You will hear everlastingly, in all discussions about newspapers, companies, aristocracies, or party politics, this argument that the rich man cannot be bribed. The fact is, of course, that the rich man is bribed; he has been bribed already. That is why he is a rich man. Gilbert K Chesterton
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They also serve who only stand wait for the two-fifteen [train]. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Every one of the great revolutionists, from Isaiah to Shelley, have been optimists. They have been indignant, not about the badness of existence, but about the slowness of men in realizing its goodness. Gilbert K Chesterton
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As enunciated today, 'progress' is simply a comparative of which we have not settled the superlative. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Whether the human mind can advance or not, is a question too little discussed, for nothing can be more dangerous than to found our social philosophy on any theory which is debatable but has not been debated. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Human nature simply cannot subsist without a hope and aim of some kind; as the sanity of the Old Testament truly said, where there is no vision the people perisheth. But it is precisely because an ideal is necessary to man that the man without ideals is in permanent danger of fanaticism. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great. 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. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Men that are men again: Who goes home? Tocsin and trumpeter! Who goes home? For there's blood on the grass and blood on the foam, And blood on the body, when Man comes home. And a voice valedictory: Who is for victory? Who is for liberty? Who goes home? Gilbert K Chesterton
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When you have really exhausted an experience you always reverence and love it. The two things that nearly all of us have thoroughly and really been through are childhood and youth. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The word 'orthodoxy' not only no longer means being right; it practically means being wrong. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Charity is the power of defending that which we know to be indefensible. Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances which we know to be desperate. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is at unimportant moments that a man is a gentleman. At important moments he ought to be something better. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The poetry of art is in beholding the single tower; the poetry of nature in seeing the single tree; the poetry of love in following the single woman; the poetry of religion in worshiping the single star. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Am in Birmingham. Where ought I to be? Gilbert K Chesterton
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Blasphemy itself could not survive religion; if anyone doubts that, let him try to blaspheme Odin. Gilbert K Chesterton
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God made the wicked Grocer For a mystery and a sign, That men might shun the awful shop And go to inns to dine. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The human race, to which so many of my readers belong. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The average man votes below himself; he votes with half a mind or a hundredth part of one. A man ought to vote with the whole of himself, as he worships or gets married. A man ought to vote with his head and heart, his soul and stomach... Gilbert K Chesterton
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Happiness is not only a hope, but also in some strange manner a memory ... we are all kings in exile. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is one thing which gives radiance to everything. It is the idea of something around the corner. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Man does not live by soap alone; and hygiene, or even health, is not much good unless you can take a healthy view of it or, better still, feel a healthy indifference to it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A businessman is the only man who is forever apologizing for his occupation. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Compromise used to mean that half a loaf was better than no bread. Among modern statesmen it really seems to mean that half a loaf; is better than a whole loaf. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Ritual will always mean throwing away something: destroying our corn or wine upon the altar of our gods. Gilbert K Chesterton
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If I had only one sermon to preach it would be a sermon against pride. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect. Gilbert K Chesterton
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