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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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Realism is simply Romanticism that has lost its reason...that is its reason for existing. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I did try to found a little heresy of my own; and when I had put the last touches to it, I discovered that it was orthodoxy. Gilbert K Chesterton
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And though St. John saw many strange monsters in his vision, he saw no creature so wild as one of his own commentators. Gilbert K Chesterton
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if a man would make his world large, he must be always making himself small. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. Gilbert K Chesterton
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...the primary paradox that man is superior to all the things around him and yet is at their mercy. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is really not so repulsive to see the poor asking for money as to see the rich asking for more money. And advertisement is the rich asking for more money. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is the friction of two spiritual things, of tradition and invention, or of substance and symbol, from which the mind takes fire. The creeds condemned as complex have something like the secret of sex; they can breed thoughts. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The trouble with Christianity is, not that its failed, but that it's never been tried . . . not that it can't remake the world, but that it's difficult. 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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The old assumption of the approximate impossibility of war really rested on a similar assumption about the impossibility of evil-and especially of evil in high places. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A feminist is someone who loathes being a woman and who dislikes the chief feminine characteristics. Gilbert K Chesterton
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He said he didn't very well understand how George was going to sleep any more than he did now, seeing that there were only twenty-four hours in each day. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The men who really believe in themselves are all in lunatic asylums. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I have argued with him on almost every subject in the world, and we have always been on opposite sides, without affectation or animosity... It is necessary to disagree with him as much as I do, in order to admire him as I do; and I am proud of him as a foe even more than as a friend. Gilbert K Chesterton
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To say that a man is an idealist is merely to say that he is a man. Gilbert K Chesterton
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In the end it will not matter to us whether we wrote well or ill; whether we fought with flails or reeds. It will matter to us greatly on what side we fought. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The good Bishop of Assisi expressed a sort of horror at the hard life which the Little Brothers lived at the Portiuncula, without comforts, without possessions, eating anything they could get and sleeping anyhow on the ground. St. Francis answered him with that curious and almost stunning shrewdness which the unworldly can sometimes wield like a club of stone. He said, 'If we had any possessions, we should need weapons and laws to defend them. 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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Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another. 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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I always like a dog so long as he isn't spelled backward. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Wit is a sword; it is meant to make people feel the point as well as see it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Great truths can only be forgotten and can never be falsified. 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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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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There is always in the healthy mind an obscure prompting that religion teaches us rather to dig than to climb; that if we could once understand the common clay of earth we should understand everything. Similarly, we have the sentiment that if we could destroy custom at a blow and see the stars as a child sees them, we should need no other apocalypse. This is the great truth which has always lain at the back of baby-worship, and which will support it to the end. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There are no uninteresting things, only uninterested people. 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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