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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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Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another. 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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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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A good civilisation spreads over us freely like a tree, varying and yielding because it is alive. A bad civilisation stands up and sticks out above us like an umbrella-artificial, mathematical in shape; not merely universal, but uniform. 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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You cannot grow a beard in a moment of passion. 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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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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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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The real great man is the man who makes every man feel great. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The point is not that this world is too sad to love or too glad not to love; the point is that when you do love a thing, its gladness is a reason for loving it, and its sadness a reason for loving it more. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is no obligation on us to be richer, or busier, or more efficient, or more productive, or more progressive, or any way worldlier or wealthier, if it does not make us happier. 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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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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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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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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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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