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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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The full potentialities of human fury cannot be reached until a friend of both parties tactfully interferes. 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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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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The determining bulk of Scotch people had heard of golf ever since they had heard of God and often considered the two as of equal importance. Gilbert K Chesterton
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To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame. 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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Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions. Gilbert K Chesterton
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When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs? Gilbert K Chesterton
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The trouble with always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do without destroying the health of the mind. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We make our friends; we make our enemies; but God makes our next door neighbour. Gilbert K Chesterton
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People generally quarrel because they cannot argue. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Those thinkers who cannot believe in any gods often assert that the love of humanity would be in itself sufficient for them; and so, perhaps, it would, if they had it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We call a man a bigot or a slave of dogma because he is a thinker who has thought thoroughly and to a definite end. Gilbert K Chesterton
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You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Artistic temperament is the disease that afflicts amateurs. Gilbert K Chesterton
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When we really worship anything, we love not only its clearness but its obscurity. We exult in its very invisibility. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Science in the modern world has many uses; its chief use, however, is to provide long words to cover the errors of the rich. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The man who throws a bomb is an artist, because he prefers a great moment to everything. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Man is an exception, whatever else he is. If he is not the image of God, then he is a disease of the dust. If it is not true that a divine being fell, then we can only say that one of the animals went entirely off its head. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Being 'contented' ought to mean in English, as it does in French, being pleased. Being content with an attic ought not to mean being unable to move from it and resigned to living in it; it ought to mean appreciating all there is in such a position. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person. 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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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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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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Why should ANYTHING go right; even observation and deduction? Why should not good logic be as misleading as bad logic? They are both movements in the brain of a bewildered ape? Gilbert K Chesterton
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A fad or heresy is the exaltation of something which even if true, is secondary or temporary in its nature against those things which are essential and eternal, those things which always prove themselves true in the long run. In short, it is the setting up of the mood against the mind. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The sort of man who admires Italian art while despising Italian religion is a tourist and a cad. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Christianity, whatever else it is, is an explosion. Unless it is sensational there is simply no sense in it. Unless the Gospel sounds like a gun going off it has not been uttered at all. Gilbert K Chesterton
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If the world grows to worldly, it can be rebuked by the Church; but if the Church grows to worldly, it cannot be adequately rebuked for worldlyness by the world. Gilbert K Chesterton
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One can sometimes do good by being the right person in the wrong place. 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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It is a mathematical fact that if a line be not perfectly directed towards a point, it will actually go further away from it as it comes nearer to it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Against a dark sky, all flowers look like fireworks. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Nothing is so remote from us as the thing which is not old enough to be history and not new enough to be news. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The mind moves by instincts, associations and premonitions and not by fixed dates or completed processes. Action and reaction will occur simultaneously: or the cause actually be found after the effect. Errors will be resisted before they have been properly promulgated: notions will be first defined long after they are dead. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Every man speaks of public opinion, and means by public opinion, public opinion minus his opinion. Gilbert K Chesterton
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When fishes flew and forests walked And figs grew upon thorn, Some moment when the moon was blood Then surely I was born. With monstrous head and sickening cry And ears like errant wings, The devil's walking parody On all four-footed things. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The real trouble with this world of ours is not that it is an unreasonable one. The trouble is that it is nearly reasonable, but not quite. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A child's instinct is almost perfect in the matter of fighting. The child's hero is always the man or boy who defends himself suddenly and splendidly against aggression. Gilbert K Chesterton
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No one can understand Paris and its history who does not understand that its fierceness is the balance and justification of its frivolity. It is called a city of pleasure; but it may also very specially be called a city of pain. The crown of roses is also a crown of thorns. Its people are too prone to hurt others, but quite ready also to hurt themselves. They are martyrs for religion, they are martyrs for irreligion; they are even martyrs for immorality. Gilbert K Chesterton
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