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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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It's not the world that's got so much worse but the news coverage that's got so much better. Gilbert K Chesterton
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To be wrong, and to be carefully wrong, that is the definition of decadence. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Freethinkers are occasionally thoughtful, though never free. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists. Gilbert K Chesterton
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...I will praise the English climate till I die-even if I die of the English climate. There is no weather so good as English weather. Nay, in a real sense there is no weather at all anywhere but in England. In France you have much sun and some rain; in Italy you have hot winds and cold winds; in Scotland and Ireland you have rain, either thick or thin; in America you have hells of heat and cold, and in the Tropics you have sunstrokes varied by thunderbolts. But all these you have on a broad and brutal scale, and you settle down into contentment or despair. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The sane man knows that he has a touch of the beast, a touch of the devil, a touch of the saint, a touch of the citizen. Nay, the really sane man knows that he has a touch of the madman. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I am concerned with a certain way of looking at life, which was created in me by the fairy tales, but has since been meekly ratified by the mere facts. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I believe in preaching to the converted; for I have generally found that the converted do not understand their own religion. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The people has no definite disbelief in the temples of theology. The people has a very fiery and practical disbelief in the temples of physical science. 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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There are no new lies, no new heresies. Man is simply not that creative. Gilbert K Chesterton
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At any innocent tea-table we may easily hear a man say, "Life is not worth living." We regard it as we regard the statement that it is a fine day; nobody thinks that it can possibly have any serious effect on the man or on the world. And yet if that utterance were really believed, the world would stand on its head. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people. 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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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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Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers. In the perfect stranger we perceive man himself; the image of a God is not disguised by resemblances to an uncle or doubts of wisdom of a mustache. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see the problem. 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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Now, among the heresies that are spoken in this matter is the habit of calling a grey day a "colourless" day. Grey is a colour, and can be a very powerful and pleasing colour.... A grey clouded sky is indeed a canopy between us and the sun; so is a green tree, if it comes to that. But the grey umbrellas differ as much as the green in their style and shape, in their tint and tilt. One day may be grey like steel, and another grey like dove's plumage. One may seem grey like the deathly frost, and another grey like the smoke of substantial kitchens. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There are an infinity of angles at which one falls, only one at which one stands. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Not only does "orthodox" no longer mean being right, it practically means being wrong. Gilbert K Chesterton
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And it is always the humble man who talks too much; the proud man watches himself too closely. Gilbert K Chesterton
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In the modern conflict between the Smile and the Laugh, I am all in favor of laughing. The recent stage of culture and criticism might very well be summed up as the men who smile criticizing the men who laugh. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It was the people who did not care who filled the world with fire and oppression. It was the hands of the indifferent that lit the faggots; it was the hands of the indifferent that turned the rack. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is, therefore, about all complete conviction a kind of huge helplessness. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is at the back of every artist's mind something like a pattern and a type of architecture. The original quality in any man of imagination is imagery. It is a thing like the landscape of his dreams; the sort of world he would like to make or in which he would like to wander, the strange flora and fauna, his own secret planet, the sort of thing he likes to think about. This general atmosphere, and pattern or a structure of growth, governs all his creations, however varied. Gilbert K Chesterton
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St Thomas (Aqinas) loved books and lived on books... When asked for what he thanked God most, he answered simply, "I have understood every page I ever read". Gilbert K Chesterton
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Indeed the Book of Job avowedly only answers mystery with mystery. Job is comforted with riddles; but he is comforted. Herein is indeed a type, in the sense of a prophecy, of things speaking with authority. For when he who doubts can only say, "I do not understand," it is true that he who knows can only reply or repeat "You do not understand." And under that rebuke there is always a sudden hope in the heart; and the sense of something that would be worth understanding. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We do not need a censorship of the press. We have a censorship by the press... It is not we who silence the press. It is the press who silences us. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The truth is that there are no things for which men will make such herculean efforts as the things of which they know they are unworthy. Gilbert K Chesterton
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...It's natural to believe in the supernatural. It never feels natural to accept only natural things. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The human race is always trying this dodge of making everything entirely easy; but the difficulty which it shifts off one thing it shifts to another. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The act of defending any of the cardinal virtues has today all the exhilaration of a vice. Moral truisms have been so much disputed that they have begun to sparkle like so many brilliant paradoxes. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We all know that the 'divine glory of the ego' is socially a great nuisance; we all do actually value our friends for modesty, freshness, and simplicity of heart. Whatever may be the reason, we all do warmly respect humility - in other people. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The modern world is filled with men who hold dogmas so strongly that they do not even know that they are dogmas. It may be said even that the modern world, as a corporate body, holds certain dogmas so strongly that it does not know that they are dogmas. Gilbert K Chesterton
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One of his hobbies was to wait for the American Shakespeare - a hobby more patient than angling. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I tell you naught for your comfort, Yea, naught for your desire, Save that the sky grows darker yet And the sea rises higher. Gilbert K Chesterton
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He did not know the way things were going: he was too Victorian to understand the Victorian epoch. He did not know enough ignorant people to have heard the news. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Gratitude produced the most purely joyful moments that have been known to man. 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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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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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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There are no boring subjects, only disinterested minds. 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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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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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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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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