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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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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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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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In our time the blasphemies are threadbare. Pessimism is now patently, as it always was essentially, more commonplace than piety. Profanity is now more than an affectation - it is a convention. The curse against God is Exercise I in the primer of minor poetry. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Circumstances break men's bones; it has never been shown that they break men's optimism. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The mere brute pleasure of reading [...] the sort of pleasure a cow must have in grazing. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. 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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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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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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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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The truth is that it is our attitude towards children that is right, and our attitude towards grown-up people that is wrong. Gilbert K Chesterton
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To be in the weakest camp is to be in the strongest school. Gilbert K Chesterton
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All but the hard-hearted must be torn with pity for this pathetic dilemma of the rich man, who has to keep the poor man just stout enough to do the work and just thin enough to have to do it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We're all in the same boat, and we're all seasick. Gilbert K Chesterton
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What embitters the world is not excess of criticism, but absence of self-criticism. Gilbert K Chesterton
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In our time the blasphemies are threadbare. Pessimism is now patently, as it always was essentially, more commonplace than piety. Profanity is now more than an affectation - it is a convention. The curse against God is Exercise I in the primer of minor poetry. Gilbert K Chesterton
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My country, right or wrong' is a thing that no patriot would think of saying, except in a desperate case. It is like saying, 'My mother, drunk or sober'. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Silver is sometimes more valuable than gold, that is, in large quantities. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We are talking about an artist; and 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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THERE are no wise few; for in all men rages the folly of the Fall. Take your strongest, happiest, handsomest, best born, best bred, best instructed men on earth and give them special power for half an hour and because they are men they will begin to [perform] badly ... 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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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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I may not practice what I preach but God forbid I should preach what I practice 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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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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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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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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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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Moderate strength is shown in violence, supreme strength is shown in levity. 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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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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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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