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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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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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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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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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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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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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The full potentialities of human fury cannot be reached until a friend of both parties tactfully interferes. 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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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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A faith is that which is able to survive a mood. 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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