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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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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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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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Time and again, the Faith has to all appearances gone to the dogs. But each time, it was the dog that died. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Whenever you remove any fence, always pause long enough to ask why it was put there in the first place. Gilbert K Chesterton
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How much happier you would be, how much more of you there would be, if the hammer of a higher God could smash your small cosmos. Gilbert K Chesterton
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La mejor prueba de la cultura y la liberalidad de un hombre es su actitud ante las cosas que nunca sucedieron. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I do not believe that any human being is fundamentally happier for being finally lost in a crowd, even if it is called a crowd of comrades. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is often a mistake to combine two pleasures, because pleasures, like pains, can act as counter-irri-tants to each other. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The old idea that the joke was not good enough for the company has been superseded by the new aristocratic idea that the company was not worthy of the joke. They have introduced an almost insane individualism into that one form of intercourse which is specially and uproariously communal. They have made even levities into secrets. They have made laughter lonelier than tears. Gilbert K Chesterton
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What is the good of telling a community that it has every liberty except the liberty to make laws? The liberty to make laws is what constitutes a free people. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The most important fact about the subject of education is that there is no such thing. Education is not a subject and it does not deal in subjects. It is instead the transfer of a way of life. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never gotten tired of making them Gilbert K Chesterton
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The triangle of truisms, of father, mother and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The man who lives in a small community lives in a much larger world... The reason is obvious. In a large community we can choose our companions. In a small community our companions are chosen for us. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I don't need a church to tell me I'm wrong where I already know I'm wrong; I need a Church to tell me I'm wrong where I think I'm right 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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Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another. 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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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 Sentimentalist, roughly speaking, is the man who wants to eat his cake and have it. He has no sense of honor about ideas; he will not see that one must pay for an idea as well as for anything else. He will have them all at once in one wild intellectual harem, no matter how much they quarrel and contradict each other. 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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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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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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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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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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