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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Modern man is staggering and losing his balance because he is being pelted with little pieces of alleged fact which are native to the newspapers; and, if they turn out not to be facts, that is still more native to newspapers. Gilbert K Chesterton
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America has a genius for the encouragement of fame. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Bigotry is an incapacity to conceive seriously the alternative to a proposition. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The modern world is full of the old Christian virtues gone mad. The virtues have gone mad because they have been isolated from each other and are wandering alone. Thus some scientists care for truth; and their truth is pitiless. Thus some humanitarians only care for pity; and their pity (I am sorry to say) is often untruthful. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The rich are the scum of the earth in every country. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Poetry is sane because it floats easily in an infinite sea; reason seeks to cross the infinite sea, and so make it finite. The result is mental exhaustion. To accept everything is an exercise, to understand everything a strain. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Indeed the Book of Job avowedly only answers mystery with mystery. Job is comforted with riddles; but he is comforted. Herein is indeed a type, in the sense of a prophecy, of things speaking with authority. For when he who doubts can only say, 'I do not understand,' it is true that he who knows can only reply or repeat 'You do not understand.' And under that rebuke there is always a sudden hope in the heart; and the sense of something that would be worth understanding. 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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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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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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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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You never know the best about men until you know the worst about them. 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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Were Patrick Henry to return to earth and look around on the vast economic order of the day, he might revise his observation and merely say "Give me death"-the alternative being manifestly impossible under modern conditions. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Very few people in the world would care to listen to the real defense of their own characters. The real defense, the defense which belongs to the Day of Judgment, would make such damaging admissions, would clear away so many artificial virtues, would tell such tragedies of weakness and failure, that a man would sooner be misunderstood and censured by the world than exposed to that awful and merciless eulogy. Gilbert K Chesterton
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If man is not the image of God, then he is a disease of the dust. Gilbert K Chesterton
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If Christianity should happen to be true - that is to say, if its God is the real God of the universe - then defending it may mean talking about anything and everything. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The moderns do not realize modernity. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The one created thing which we cannot look at is the one thing in the light of which we look at everything. 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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The Christian pities men because they are dying, and the Buddhist pities them because they are living. The Christian is sorry for what damages the life of a man; but the Buddhist is sorry for him because he is alive. 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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A good civilization spreads over us freely like a tree, varying and yielding because it is alive. A bad civilization 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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A tragedy means always a man's struggle with that which is stronger than man. Gilbert K Chesterton
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When everything about a people is for the time growing weak and ineffective, it begins to talk about efficiency. So it is that when a man's body is a wreck he begins, for the first time, to talk about health. Vigorous organisms talk not about their processes, but about their aims. Gilbert K Chesterton
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