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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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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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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The old idea that the joke was not good enough for the company has been superseded by the new aristocratic idea that the company was not worthy of the joke.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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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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We are like the penny, because we have the image of the king stamped on us, the divine king. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is true that there is a thing crudely called charity, which means charity to the deserving poor; but charity to the deserving is not charity at all, but justice. It is the undeserving who require it, and the ideal either does not exist at all, or exists wholly for them. 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 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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[Fairy tales] make rivers run with wine only to make us remember, for one wild moment, that they run with water. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Free verse is like free love; it is a contradiction in terms. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It has been often said, very truly, that religion is the thing that makes the ordinary man feel extraordinary; it is an equally important truth that religion is the thing that makes the extraordinary man feel ordinary. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We talk of wild animals but man is the only wild animal. It is man that has broken out. All other animals are tame animals; following the rugged respectability of the tribe or type. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Government has become ungovernable; that is, it cannot leave off governing. Law has become lawless; that is, it cannot see where laws should stop. The chief feature of our time is the meekness of the mob and the madness of the government. 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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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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Your offer," he said, "is far too idiotic to be declined. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It was not the house that grew dull, but I that grew dull in it. My wife was better than all women, and yet I could not feel it. 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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How much larger your life would be if you were smaller in it... Gilbert K Chesterton
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I may not practice what I preach but God forbid I should preach what I practice Gilbert K Chesterton
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All real democracy is an attempt like that of a jolly hostess to bring the shy people out. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I should favour anything that would increase the present enormous authority of women and their creative action in their own homes. The average woman...is a despot; the average man is a serf. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Art is the signature of man. 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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To be simple is the best thing in the world. Gilbert K Chesterton
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What are we going to do?" asked the Professor. "At this moment," said Syme, with a scientific detachment, "I think we are going to smash into a lamppost. Gilbert K Chesterton
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somehow one must love the world without being worldly. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The essence of all pantheism, evolutionism, and modern cosmic religion is really this proposition: that nature is our mother. Unfortunately, if you regard Nature as a mother, you discover she is a step-mother. Gilbert K Chesterton
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God is like the sun; you cannot look at it, but without it you cannot look at anything else. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Modern intelligence won't accept anything on authority. But it will accept anything without authority. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A turkey is more occult and awful than all the angels and archangels. In so far as God has partly revealed to us an angelic world, he has partly told us what an angel means. But God has never told us what a turkey means. And if you go and stare at a live turkey for an hour or two, you will find by the end of it that the enigma has rather increased than diminished. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is cold anarchy to say that all men are to meddle in all men'smarriages. It is cold anarchy to say that any doctor may seize andsegregate anyone he likes. But it is not anarchy to say that a fewgreat hygienists might enclose or limit the life of all citizens,as nurses do with a family of children. It is not anarchy, it istyranny; but tyranny is a workable thing. 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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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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