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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The most valuable book we can read, about countries we have visited, is that which recalls to us something that we did notice, but did not notice that we noticed. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no virtue at all... As long as matters are really hopeful, hope is mere flattery or platitude; it is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be a strength. Gilbert K Chesterton
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What a glorious garden of wonders the lights of Broadway would be to anyone lucky enough to be unable to read. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I would not say that old men grow wise, for men never grow wise; and many old men retain a very attractive childishness and cheerful innocence. Elderly people are often much more romantic than younger people, and sometimes even more adventurous, having begun to realize how many things they do not know. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is customary to complain of the bustle and strenuousness of our epoch. But in truth the chief mark of our epoch is a profound laziness and fatigue; and the fact is that the real laziness is the cause of the apparent bustle. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The Party System was founded on one national notion of fair play. It was the notion that folly and futility should be fairly divided between both sides. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Correctitude implies nowadays a formal or fastidious use of words; and what is wanted is not so much the correct as the living use of words. It is the memory of the meaning of a word which is the life of the word. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Pride juggles with her toppling towers, They strike the sun and cease, But the firm feet of humility They grip the ground like trees. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We have passed the age of the demagogue, the man who has little to say and says it loud. We have come to the age of the mystagogue or don, the man who has nothing to say, but says it softly and impressively in an indistinct whisper. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Wait and see whether the religion of the Servile State is not in every case what I say: the encouragement of small virtues supporting capitalism, the discouragement of the huge virtues that defy it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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