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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 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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You cannot grow a beard in a moment of passion. 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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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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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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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 telescope makes the world smaller; it is only the microscope that makes it larger. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There are no new ideas. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I had always felt life first as a story: and if there is a story there is a story-teller Gilbert K Chesterton
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Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I said to him, "Shall I tell you where the men are who believe most in themselves? For I can tell you. I know of men who believe in themselves more colossally than Napoleon or Caesar. I know where flames the fixed star of certainty and success. I can guide you to the thrones of the Super-men. The men who really believe in themselves are all in lunatic asylums. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Christendom has had a series of revolutions and in each one of them Christianity has died. Christianity has died many times and risen again; for it had a God who knew the way out of the grave. Gilbert K Chesterton
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What was wonderful about childhood is that anything in it was a wonder. It was not merely a world full of miracles; it was a miraculous world. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The full potentialities of human fury cannot be reached until a friend of both parties tactfully interferes. Gilbert K Chesterton
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When [a politician] is in opposition, he is an expert on the means to some end; and when he is in office he is an expert on the obstacles to it. In short, when he is impotent he proves to us that the thing is easy; and when he is omnipotent he proves that it is impossible. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Truths turn into dogmas the minute they are disputed. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is still bad taste to be an avowed atheist. But now it is equally bad taste to be an avowed Christian. Gilbert K Chesterton
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[Marxism will] in a generation or so [go] into the limbo of most heresies, but meanwhile it will have poisoned the Russian Revolution. Gilbert K Chesterton
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He is a very shallow critic who cannot see an eternal rebel in the heart of a conservative. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I say that a man must be certain of his morality for the simple reason that he has to suffer for it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is the main earthly business of a human being to make his home, and the immediate surroundings of his home, as symbolic and significant to his own imagination as he can. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Too much capitalism does not mean too many capitalists, but too few capitalists. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The only object of liberty is life. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Liberty has produced scepticism, and scepticism has destroyed liberty. The lovers of liberty thought they were leaving it unlimited, when they were only leaving it undefined. They thought they were only leaving it undefined, when they were really leaving it undefended. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Shouldn't atheist have an equal obligation to explain pleasure in a world of randomness. Where does pleasure come from? Gilbert K Chesterton
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Acceptance is the truest kinship with humanity. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Soldiers have many faults, but they have one redeeming merit; they are never worshippers of force. Soldiers more than any other men are taught severely and systematically that might is not right. The fact is obvious. The might is in the hundred men who obey. The right (or what is held to be right) is in the one man who commands them. Gilbert K Chesterton
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When you have really exhausted an experience you always reverence and love it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Mysticism keeps mankind sane. As long as you have mystery you have health; when you destroy mystery you create morbidity. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Sir Hiram Maxim is a genuine and typical example of the man of science, romantic, excitable, full of real but somewhat obvious poetry, a little hazy in logic and philosophy, but full of hearty enthusiasm and an honorable simplicity. He is, as he expresses it, "an old and trained engineer," and is like all of the old and trained engineers I have happened to come across, a man who indemnifies himself for the superhuman or inhuman concentration required for physical science by a vague and dangerous romanticism about everything else. Gilbert K Chesterton
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To mix science up with philosophy is only to produce a philosophy that has lost all its ideal value and a science that has lost all its practical value. It is for my private physician to tell me whether this or that food will kill me. It is for my private philosopher to tell me whether I ought to be killed. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is nothing harder to learn than painting and nothing which most people take less trouble about learning. An art school is a place where about three people work with feverish energy and everybody else idles to a degree that I should have conceived unattainable by human nature. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is the root of all religion that a man knows that he is nothing in order to thank God that he is something. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Art is born when the temporary touches the eternal. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Nothing taken for granted; everything received with gratitude; everything passed on with grace. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is much easier to write a good Times leading article than a good joke in Punch. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The theory of free speech, that truth is so much larger and stranger and more many-sided than we know of, that it is very much better at all costs to hear everyone's account of it, is a theory which has been justified on the whole by experiment, but which remains a very daring and even a very surprising theory. It is really one of the great discoveries of the modern time. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Forms of expression always appear turgid to those who do not share the emotions they represent. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We talk of wild animals, but the wildest animal is man. Gilbert K Chesterton
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For they (capitalists) hold as their chief heresy, in a coarser form, the fundamental falsehood that things are not made to be used but made to be sold. All the collapse of their commercial system in their own time has been due to that fallacy of forcing things on a market where there was no market; of continually increasing the power of supply without increasing the power of demand; of briefly, of always considering the man who sells the potato and never considering the man who eats it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Marxism: The theory that all the important things in history are rooted in an economic motive, that history is a science, a science of the search for food. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Bigotry may be roughly defined as the anger of men who have no opinions. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Poets do not go mad, but chess players do. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Destiny is but a phrase of the weak human heart - the dark apology for every error. The strong and virtuous admit no destiny. On earth conscience guides; in heaven God watches. And destiny is but the phantom we invoke to silence the one and dethrone the other. Gilbert K Chesterton
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An imbecile habit has arisen in modern controversy of saying that such and such a creed can be held in one age but cannot be held in another. Some dogma, we are told, was credible in the twelfth century, but is not credible in the twentieth. You might as well say that a certain philosophy can be believed on Mondays, but cannot be believed on Tuesdays. You might as well say of a view of the cosmos that it was suitable to half-past three, but not suitable to half-past four. What a man can believe depends upon his philosophy, not upon the clock or the century. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Wherever there is animal worship, there is human sacrifice. Gilbert K Chesterton
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In dealing with the arrogant asserter of doubt, it is not the right method to tell him to stop doubting. It is rather the right method to tell him to go on doubting, to doubt a little more, to doubt every day newer and wilder things in the universe, until at last, by some strange enlightenment, he may begin to doubt himself. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A great city is the place to escape the true drama of provincial life, and find solace in fantasy. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There are many ways to fall down, but there's only one way to stand up straight. Gilbert K Chesterton
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All things are from God; and above all, reason and imagination and the great gifts of the mind. They are good in themselves; and we must not altogether forget their origin even in their perversion. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The cross cannot be defeated for it is defeat. Gilbert K Chesterton
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For religion all men are equal, as all pennies are equal, because the only value of any of them is that they bear the image of the king. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Nobody notices postmen, yet they have passions like other men. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The strangest whim has seized me ... After all I think I will not hang myself today. Gilbert K Chesterton
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O God of earth and altar, Bow down and hear our cry, Our earthly rulers falter, Our people drift and die; The walls of gold entomb us, The swords of scorn divide, Take not thy thunder from us, But take away our pride. Gilbert K Chesterton
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