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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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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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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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of being strong and brave. The strong can not be brave. Only the weak can be brave; and yet again, in practice, only those who can be brave can be trusted, in time of doubt, to be strong. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There are no words to express the abyss between isolation and having one ally. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Christianity satisfies suddenly and perfectly man's ancestral instinct for being the right way up; satisfies it supremely in this, that by its creed Joy becomes something gigantic, and Sadness something special and small. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is generally the man who is not ready to argue, who is ready to sneer. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Passion makes every detail important. 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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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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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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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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Religious liberty might be supposed to mean that everybody is free to discuss religion. In practice it means that hardly anybody is allowed to mention it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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In the glad old days, before the rise of modern morbidities...it used to be thought a disadvantage to be misunderstood. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Misers get up early in the morning; and burglars, I am informed, get up the night before. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Customs are generally unselfish. Habits are nearly always selfish. 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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The Iliad is only great because all life is a battle, The Odyssey because all life is a journey, The Book of Job because all life is a riddle. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is always the secure who are humble. 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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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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The real great man is the man who makes every man feel great. 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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I suppose every one must have reflected how primeval and how poetical are the things that one carries in one's pocket; the pocket-knife, for instance, the type of all human tools, the infant of the sword. Once I planned to write a book of poems entirely about things in my pockets. But I found it would be too long; and the age of the great epics is past. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Once abolish the God and the government becomes the God. 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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Adventure is the champagne of life. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I never said a word against eminent men of science. What I complain of is a vague popular philosophy which supposes itself to be scientific when it is really nothing but a sort of new religion and an uncommonly nasty one. When people talked about the fall of man, they knew they were talking about a mystery, a thing they didn't understand. Now they talk about the survival of the fittest: they think they do understand it, whereas they have not merely no notion, they have an elaborately false notion of what the words mean. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The first two facts which a healthy boy or girl feels about sex are these: first that it is beautiful and then that it is dangerous. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Family is the theatre of the spiritual drama, the place where things happen, especially the things that matter. 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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