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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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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 thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion. 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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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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Nothing is certain by uncertainty. 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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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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The purpose of Compulsory Education is to deprive the common people of their commonsense. Gilbert K Chesterton
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How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is nothing the matter with Americans except their ideals. The real American is all right; it is the ideal American who is all wrong. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The only way of catching a train I have ever discovered is to miss the train before. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is but an inch of difference between a cushioned chamber and a padded cell. 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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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 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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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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Modern broad-mindedness benefits the rich; and benefits nobody else. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Big Business and State Socialism are very much alike, especially Big Business. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A citizen can hardly distinguish between a tax and a fine, except that the fine is generally much lighter. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Making the landlord and the tenant the same person has certain advantages, as that the tenant pays no rent, while the landlord does a little work. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The aim of good prose words is to mean what they say. The aim of good poetical words is to mean what they do not say. Gilbert K Chesterton
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. . . For friendship implies individuality; whereas comradeship really implies the temporary subordination, if not the temporary swamping of individuality. Friends are the better for being two; but comrades are the better for being two million. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The sceptic ultimately undermines democracy (1) because he can see no significance in death and such things of a literal equality; (2) because he introduces different first principles, making debate impossible: and debate is the life of democracy; (3) because the fading of the images of sacred persons leaves a man too prone to be a respecter of earthly persons; (4) because there will be more, not less, respect for human rights if they can be treated as divine rights. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The average businessman began to be agnostic, not so much because he did not know where he was, as because he wanted to forget. Many of the rich took to scepticism exactly as the poor took to drink; because it was a way out. 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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Adventure is the champagne of life, but I prefer my champagne and my adventures dry. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Not only is suicide a sin, it is the sin. It is the ultimate and absolute evil, the refusal to take an interest in existence; the refusal to take the oath of loyalty to life. The man who kills a man, kills a man. The man who kills himself, kills all men. As far as he is concerned he wipes out the world. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The only thing that has kept the race of men from the mad extremes of the convent and the pirate-galley, the night-club and the lethal chamber, has been mysticism ? the belief that logic is misleading, and that things are not what they seem. Gilbert K Chesterton
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You can free things from alien or accidental laws, but not from the laws of their own nature. You may, if you like, free a tiger from his bars; but do not free him from his stripes. Gilbert K Chesterton
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