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Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is more to life than increasing its speed. Gandhi gave my life to become the person I am right now. Was it worth it? Richard Bach Life exists for the love of music or beautiful things. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Instead of the machine being a giant to which the man is the pygmy, we must at last reverse the proportions until man is a giant to whom the machine is the toy. Gilbert K Chesterton
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That all war is physically frightful is obvious; but if that were a moral verdict, there would be no difference between a torturer and a surgeon. There are certain intellectuals who are too bright to be content with merely praising peace but who are infuriated by anybody praising war. If no war is possible, all criminality has its chance 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The life of a thinking man will probably be divided into two parts - the first in which he desires to exterminate modern thinkers, and the second in which he desires to watch them exterminating each other. ... Suppose, for instance, there is an old story and a new skeptic who is skeptical of the story. We have only to wait a little while for a yet newer skeptic who is skeptical of the skeptic. He will probably find the old notion actually a help in his new notion. This process is an abstract truth applying to anything, apart from agreement or disagreement. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The central idea of poetry is the idea of guessing right, like a child. Gilbert K Chesterton
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When some English moralists write about the importance of having character, they appear to mean only the importance of having a dull character. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It may be a mere patriotic bias, though I do not think so, but it seems to me that the English aristocracy is not only the type, but is the crown and flower of all actual aristocracies; it has all the oligarchical virtues as well as all the defects. It is casual, it is kind, it is courageous in obvious matters; but it has one great merit that overlaps even these. The great and very obvious merit of the English aristocracy is that nobody could possibly take it seriously. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The academic mind reflects infinity, and is full of light by the simple process of being shallow and standing still. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The truth is that it is our attitude towards children that is right, and our attitude towards grown-up people that is wrong. Our attitude towards our equals in age consists in a servile solemnity, overlying a considerable degree of indifference or disdain. Our attitude towards children consists in a condescending indulgence, overlying an unfathomable respect. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Man is more himself, man is more manlike, when joy is the fundamental thing in him, and grief the superficial. Melancholy should be an innocent interlude, a tender and fugitive frame of mind; praise should be the permanent pulsation of the soul. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Odd, isn't it, that a thief and a vagabond should repent, when so many who are rich and secure remain hard and frivolous, and without fruit for God or man? Gilbert K Chesterton
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I am myself so exceedingly Nordic, as far as physical constitution is concerned, that I can enjoy almost any weather except what is called glorious weather. At the end of a few days, I am left wondering how the men of the Mediterranean ever managed to do almost all the most active and astonishing things that have been done. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The great saint may be said to mix all his thoughts with thanks. All goods look better when they look like gifts. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The mystic does not bring doubts or riddles: the doubts and riddles exist already. We all feel the riddle of the earth without anyone to point it out. The mystery of life is the plainest part of it. The clouds and curtains of darkness, the confounding vapors, these are the daily weather of this world. Gilbert K Chesterton
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To be smart enough to get all that money you must be dull enough to want it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I think I will not hang myself today. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is a certain poetic value, and that a genuine one, in this sense of having missed the full meaning of things. There is beauty, not only in wisdom, but in this dazed and dramatic ignorance. Gilbert K Chesterton
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If a man proves too clearly and convincingly to himself... that a tiger is an optical illusion - well, he will find out he is wrong. The tiger will himself intervene in the discussion, in a manner which will be in every sense conclusive. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The gallows in my garden, people say, Is new and neat and adequately tall. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I rose politely in the club And said, I feel a little bored; Will someone take me to a pub? Gilbert K Chesterton
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The wine they drink in Paradise They make in Haute Lorraine. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Architecture is the alphabet of giants; it is the largest set of symbols ever made to meet the eyes of men. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The full value of this life can only be got by fighting; the violent take it by storm. And if we have accepted everything we have missed something -war. This life of ours is a very enjoyable fight, but a very miserable truce. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A man who has faith must be prepared not only to be a martyr, but to be a fool. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We think for a General to fight an enemy, it is important to know the enemy's numbers, but still more important to know the enemy's philosophy. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Mr Shaw is (I suspect) the only man on earth who has never written any poetry. Gilbert K Chesterton
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White founts falling in the courts of the sun, And the Soldan of Byzantium is smiling as they run. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Their is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Most Americans are born drunk, and really require a little wine or beer to sober them. They have a sort of permanent intoxication from within, a sort of invisible champagne.... Americans do not need to drink to inspire them to do anything... Gilbert K Chesterton
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Every politician is emphatically a promising politician. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Merrily taking twopenny ale and cheese with a pocket knife; But these were luxuries not for him who went for the Simple Life. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a coloured pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling. Gilbert K Chesterton
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They haven't got no noses The fallen sons of Eve; Even the smell of roses Is not what they supposes; But more than mind discloses And more than men believe. Gilbert K Chesterton
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And goodness only knowses The Noselessness of Man. Gilbert K Chesterton
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