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Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is the simple truth that man does differ from the brutes in kind and not in degree; and the proof of it is here; that it sounds like a truism to say that the most primitive man drew a picture of a monkey and that it sounds like a joke to say that the most intelligent monkey drew a picture of a man. Something of division and disproportion has appeared; and it is unique. Art is the signature of man. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Either criticism is no good at all (a very defensible position) or else criticism means saying about an author the very things that would have made him jump out of his boots. Gilbert K Chesterton
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An enormous amount of modern ingenuity is expended on finding defences for the indefensible conduct of the powerful. As I have said above, these defences generally exhibit themselves most emphatically in the form of appeals to physical science. And of all the forms in which science, or pseudo-science, has come to the rescue of the rich and stupid, there is none so singular as the singular invention of the theory of races. Gilbert K Chesterton
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All good men are international. Nearly all bad men are cosmopolitan. If we are to be international we must be national. 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 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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Real development is not leaving things behind, as on a road, but drawing life from them, as on a root. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Poets do not go mad; but chess-players do. Mathematicians go mad, and cashiers; but creative artists very seldom. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and a tired man who wants a book to read. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Psychoanalysis is confession without absolution. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The person who is really in revolt is the optimist, who generally lives and dies in a desperate and suicidal effort to persuade all the other people how good they are. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A man running after a hat is not half so ridiculous as a man running after a wife. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Your next-door neighbour... is not a man; he is an environment. He is the barking of a dog; he is the noise of a pianola; he is a dispute about a party wall; he is drains that are worse than yours, or roses that are better than yours. Gilbert K Chesterton
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And they that rule in England, In stately conclave met, Alas, alas for England They have no graves as yet. Gilbert K Chesterton
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You shouldn't take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It seems a pity that psychology should have destroyed all our knowledge of human nature. 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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Nothing is certain by uncertainty. 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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Gratitude produced the most purely joyful moments that have been known to man. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The scientific facts, which were supposed to contradict the faith in the nineteenth century, are nearly all of them regarded as unscientific fictions in the twentieth century. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A naked moon stood in a naked sky. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is nothing so weak, for working purposes, as this enormous importance attached to immediate victory. There is nothing that fails like success. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Progress should mean that we are always changing the world to fit the vision, instead we are always changing the vision. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly. Never forget that the devil fell by force of gravity. He who has the faith has the fun. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We are all ordinary people. And it's the extraordinary people Who know it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We can't turn life into a pleasure. But we can choose such pleasures as are worthy of us and our immortal souls. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The modern materialists are not permitted to doubt; they are forbidden to believe. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Tradition does not mean a dead town; it does not mean that the living are dead but that the dead are alive. It means that it still matters what Penn did two hundred years ago or what Franklin did a hundred years ago; I never could feel in New York that it mattered what anybody did an hour ago. Gilbert K Chesterton
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You cannot grow a beard in a moment of passion. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Men may keep a sort of level of good, but no man has ever been able to keep on one level of evil. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Realism is simply Romanticism that has lost its reason...that is its reason for existing. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Leaving the complications of the human breakfast-table out of account, in an elemental sense, the egg only exists to produce the chicken. But the chicken does not exist only in order to produce another egg. He may also exist to amuse himself, to praise God, and even to suggest ideas to a French dramatist. Being a conscious life, he is, or may be, valuable in himself. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Every act of will is an act of self-limitation. To desire action is to desire limitation. In that sense, every act is an act of self-sacrifice. When you choose anything, you reject everything else. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The modern world... has no notion except that of simplifying something by destroying nearly everything. Gilbert K Chesterton
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They have invented a phrase, a phrase that is a black and white contradiction in two words - 'free-love' - as if a lover ever had been, or ever could be, free. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Where does a wise man kick a pebble? On the beach. Where does a wise man hide a leaf? In the forest. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Science only means knowledge; and for [Greek] ancients it did only mean knowledge. Thus the favorite science of the Greeks was Astronomy, because it was as abstract as Algebra. ... We may say that the great Greek ideal was to have no use for useful things. The Slave was he who learned useful things; the Freeman was he who learned useless things. This still remains the ideal of many noble men of science, in the sense they do desire truth as the great Greeks desired it; and their attitude is an external protest against vulgarity of utilitarianism. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable. Never drink when you are wretched without it, or you will be like the grey-faced gin-drinker in the slum; but drink when you would be happy without it, and you will be like the laughing peasant of Italy. Never drink because you need it, for this is rational drinking, and the way to death and hell. But drink because you do not need it, for this is irrational drinking, and the ancient health of the world. Gilbert K Chesterton
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At least five times, with the Arian and the Albigensian, with the Humanist skeptic, after Voltaire and after Darwin, the Christian Faith has to all appearance, gone to the dogs? But, in each of these five cases, it was the dog that died. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Contemporary society has become dry, not for lack of wonders but for lack of wonder. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It has always been one of my unclerical sermons to myself, that that remark which Peter made on seeing the vision of a single hour, ought to be made by us all, in contemplating every panoramic change in the long Vision we call life... "It is good for us to be here - it is good for us to be here", repeating itself eternally. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Doing nothing is sometimes one of the highest of the duties of man. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Whether a man chooses to tell the truth in long sentences or short jokes is a problem analogous to whether he chooses to tell the truth in French or in German. Gilbert K Chesterton
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What is education? Properly speaking, there is no such thing as education. Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another. Whatever the soul is like, it will have to be passed on somehow, consciously or unconsciously, and that transition may be called education. ... What we need is to have a culture before we hand it down. In other words, it is a truth, however sad and strange, that we cannot give what we have not got, and cannot teach to other people what we do not know ourselves. Gilbert K Chesterton
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He walked by instinct along one white road, on which early birds hopped and sang, and found himself outside a fenced garden. There he saw the sister of Gregory, the girl with the gold-red hair, cutting lilac before breakfast, with the great unconscious gravity of a girl. Gilbert K Chesterton
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If you'd take your head home and boil it for a turnip it might be useful. I can't say. But it might. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The whole secret of mysticism is this: that man can understand everything by the help of something he cannot understand. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is one thing to describe an interview with a gorgon or a griffin, a creature who does not exist. It is another thing to discover that the rhinoceros does exist and then take pleasure in the fact that he looks as if he didn't. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Only poor men get hanged. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The ignorant pronounce it Frood To cavil or applaud The well-informed pronounce it Froyd But I pronounce it Fraud. Gilbert K Chesterton
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