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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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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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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 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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Gratitude produced the most purely joyful moments that have been known to man. 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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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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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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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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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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A stiff apology is a second insult... The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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True contentment is a thing as active as agriculture. It is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it. It is arduous and it is rare. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese. Gilbert K Chesterton
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All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Journalism is popular, but it is popular mainly as fiction. Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers is another. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Cruelty is, perhaps, the worst kid of sin. Intellectual cruelty is certainly the worst kind of cruelty. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The honest poor can sometimes forget poverty. The honest rich can never forget it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Journalism largely consists of saying 'Lord Jones is Dead' to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Fable is more historical than fact, because fact tells us about one man and fable tells us about a million men. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The only defensible war is a war of defense. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A man who says that no patriot should attack the war until it is over... is saying no good son should warn his mother of a cliff until she has fallen. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act. Gilbert K Chesterton
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If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The vulgar man is always the most distinguished, for the very desire to be distinguished is vulgar. Gilbert K Chesterton
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They say travel broadens the mind, but you must have the mind. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Progress is Providence without God. That is, it is a theory that everything has always perpetually gone right by accident. It is a sort of atheistic optimism, based on an everlasting coincidence far more miraculous than a miracle. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A change of opinions is almost unknown in an elderly military man. Gilbert K Chesterton
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When giving treats to friends or children, give them what they like, emphatically not what is good for them. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Progress is a comparative of which we have not settled the superlative. Gilbert K Chesterton
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For fear of the newspapers politicians are dull, and at last they are too dull even for the newspapers. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There cannot be a nation of millionaires, and there never has been a nation of Utopian comrades; but there have been any number of nations of tolerably contented peasants. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is a good sign in a nation when things are done badly. It shows that all the people are doing them. And it is bad sign in a nation when such things are done very well, for it shows that only a few experts and eccentrics are doing them, and that the nation is merely looking on. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There have been household gods and household saints and household fairies. I am not sure that there have yet been any factory gods or factory saints or factory fairies. I may be wrong, as I am no commericial expert, but I have not heard of them as yet. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A good man's work is effected by doing what he does, a woman's by being what she is. Gilbert K Chesterton
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What life and death may be to a turkey is not my business; but the soul of Scrooge and the body of Cratchit are my business. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The more we are proud that the Bethlehem story is plain enough to be understood by the shepherds, and almost by the sheep, the more do we let ourselves go, in dark and gorgeous imaginative frescoes or pageants about the mystery and majesty of the Three Magian Kings. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The whole truth is generally the ally of virtue; a half-truth is always the ally of some vice. Gilbert K Chesterton
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All science, even the divine science, is a sublime detective story. Only it is not set to detect why a man is dead; but the darker secret of why he is alive. Gilbert K Chesterton
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