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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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To be clever enough to get all the money, one must be stupid enough to want it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Journalism consists largely in saying Lord James is dead to people who never knew Lord James was alive. 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 suburb of Saffron Park lay on the sunset side of London, as red and ragged a cloud of sunset. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The woman does not work because the man tells her to work and she obeys. On the contrary, the woman works because she has told the man to work and he has' obeyed. 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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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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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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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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For the enjoyment of the artist the mask must be to some extent moulded on the face. What he makes outside him must correspond to something inside him; he can only make his effects out of some of the materials of his soul. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I have investigated the dust-heaps of humanity, and found a treasure in all of them. I have found that humanity is not incidentally engaged, but eternally and systematically engaged, in throwing gold into the gutter and diamonds into the sea. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Obviously if any actions, even a lunatic's, can be causeless, determinism is done for. If the chain of causation can be broken for a madman, it can be broken for a man. 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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It [feminism] is mixed up with a muddled idea that women are free when they serve their employers but slaves when they help their husbands. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I believe your own accent is inimitable, though I shall practice it in my bath. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It seems to me,' said the other, 'That you are simply seeking a pretext to insult the Marquis.' By George!' said Syme facing round and looking at him, 'What a clever chap you are! Gilbert K Chesterton
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Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Excuse me if I enjoy myself rather obviously! I don't often have the luck to have a dream like this. It is new to me for a nightmare to lead me to a lobster. It is commonly the other way. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The truth is, of course, that the curtness of the Ten Commandments is an evidence, not of the gloom and narrowness of a religion, but, on the contrary, of its liberality and humanity. It is shorter to state the things forbidden than the things permitted; precisely because most things are permitted, and only a few things are forbidden. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I would give a woman not more rights, but more privileges. Instead of sending her to seek such freedom as notoriously prevails in banks and factories, I would design specially a house in which she can be free. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is no such thing as education. The thing is merely a loose phrase for the passing on to others of whatever truth or virtue we happen to have ourselves. It is typical of our time that the more doubtful we are about the value of philosophy, the more certain we are about the value of education. That is to say, the more doubtful we are about whether we have any truth, the more certain we are (apparently) that we can teach it to our children. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The men of the East may spell the stars, And times and triumphs mark, But the men signed of the cross of Christ Go gaily in the dark. 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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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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Truth, of course, must of necessity be stranger than fiction, for we have made fiction to suit ourselves. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The human race, to which so many of my readers belong, has been playing at children's games from the beginning, and will probably do it till the end, which is a nuisance for the few people who grow up. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I like the Cyclostyle ink; it is so inky. I do not think there is anyone who takes quite such a fierce pleasure in things being themselves as I do. The startling wetness of water excites and intoxicates me: the fieriness of fire, the steeliness of steel, the unutterable muddiness of mud. It is just the same with people.... When we call a man "manly" or a woman "womanly" we touch the deepest philosophy. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Moderate strength is shown in violence, supreme strength is shown in levity. 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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Unless a man becomes the enemy of an evil, he will not even become its slave but rather its champion. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Individually, men may present a more or less rational appearance, eating, sleeping, and scheming. But humanity a a whole is changeful, mystical, fickle, delightful. Men are men, but Man is a woman. Gilbert K Chesterton
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All we know of the Missing Link is that he is missing - and he won't be missed either. 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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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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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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