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Gilbert K Chesterton
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A small artist is content with art; a great artist is content with nothing except everything. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The original quality in any man of imagination is imagery. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Powerful men who have powerful passions use much of their strength in forging chains for themselves. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A man cannot be wise enough to be a great artist without being wise enough to wish to be a philosopher. Gilbert K Chesterton
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When you with velvets mantled o'er, Defy December's tempests frore, Oh! spare one garment from your store, To clothe the poor at Christmas. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is a strange thing that many truly spiritual men, such as General Gordon, have actually spent some hours in speculating upon the precise location of the Garden of Eden. Most probably we are in Eden still. It is only our eyes that have changed. Gilbert K Chesterton
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He may be mad, but there's method in his madness. There nearly always is method in madness. It's what drives men mad, being methodical. Gilbert K Chesterton
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You have not wasted your time; you have helped to save the world. We are not buffoons, but very desperate men at war with a vast conspiracy. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We do not need to get good laws to restrain bad people. We need to get good people to restrain us from bad laws. Gilbert K Chesterton
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By a curious confusion, many modern critics have passed from the proposition that a masterpiece may be unpopular to the other proposition that unless it is unpopular it cannot be a masterpiece. Gilbert K Chesterton
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People talk of the pathos and failure of plain women; but it is a more terrible thing that a beautiful woman may succeed in everything but womanhood. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is more simplicity in the man who eats caviar on impulse than in the man who eats Grape-Nuts on principle. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Poets do not go mad; but chess-players do. Mathematicians go mad, and cashiers; but creative artists very seldom. I am not, as will be seen, in any sense attacking logic: I only say that this danger does lie in logic, not in imagination. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There's a lot of difference between listening and hearing. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The classes that wash most are those that work least. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is a law written in the darkest of the Books of Life, and it is this: If you look at a thing nine hundred and ninety-nine times, you are perfectly safe; if you look at it the thousandth time, you are in frightful danger of seeing it for the first time. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I entertain a private suspicion that physical sports were much more really effective and beneficent when they were not taken quite so seriously. One of the first essentials of sport being healthy is that it should be delightful; it is rapidly becoming a false religion with austerities and prostrations. Gilbert K Chesterton
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That is the one eternal education: to be sure enough that something is true that you dare to tell it to a child. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Man must have just enough faith in himself to have adventures, and just enough doubt of himself to enjoy them. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Do not be so open-minded that your brains fall out. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Do not enjoy yourself. Enjoy dances and theaters and joy-rides and champagne and oysters; enjoy jazz and cocktails and night-clubs if you can enjoy nothing better; enjoy bigamy and burglary and any crime in the calendar, in preference to the other alternative; but never learn to enjoy yourself. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Oh, most unhappy man,' he cried, 'try to be happy! You have red hair like your sister.' My red hair, like red flames, shall burn up the world,' said Gregory. Gilbert K Chesterton
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He had found the thing which the modern people call Impressionism, which is another name for that final scepticism which can find no floor to the universe. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Jesus promised his disciples three things-that they would be completely fearless, absurdly happy, and in constant trouble. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A mystic is a man who separates heaven and earth even if he enjoys them both. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Marriage is a duel to the death which no man of honour should decline. Gilbert K Chesterton
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But a somewhat more liberal and sympathetic examination of mankind will convince us that the cross is even older than the gibbet, that voluntary suffering was before and independent of compulsory; and in short that in most important matters a man has always been free to ruin himself if he chose. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Even a bad shot is dignified when he accepts a duel. Gilbert K Chesterton
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For the only courage worth calling courage must necessarily mean that the soul passes a breaking point and does not break. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The Reformer is always right about what's wrong. However, he's often wrong about what is right. Gilbert K Chesterton
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To be simple is the best thing in the world; to be modest is the next best thing. I am not sure about being quiet. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The one perfectly divine thing, the one glimpse of God's paradise given on earth, is to fight a losing battle - and not lose it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon. Gilbert K Chesterton
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If there is one fact we really can prove, from the history that we really do know, it is that despotism can be a development, often a late development and very often indeed the end of societies that have been highly democratic. A despotism may almost be defined as a tired democracy. As fatigue falls on a community, the citizens are less inclined for that eternal vigilance which has truly been called the price of liberty; and they prefer to arm only one single sentinel to watch the city while they sleep. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The materialist theory of history, that all politics and ethics are the expression of economics, is a very simple fallacy indeed. It consists simply of confusing the necessary conditions of life with the normal preoccupations of life, that are quite a different thing. It is like saying that because a man can only walk about on two legs, therefore he never walks about except to buy shoes and stockings. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Variability is one of the virtues of a woman. It avoids the crude requirement of polygamy. So long as you have one good wife you are sure to have a spiritual harem". Gilbert K Chesterton
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My life is passed in making bad jokes and seeing them turn into true prophecies. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I will go forth as a real outlaw," he said, "and as men do robbery on the highway I will do right on the highway; and it will be counted a wilder crime. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We do not admire, we hardly excuse, the fanatic who wrecks this world for love of the other. But what are we to say of the fanatic who wrecks this world out of hatred of the other? He sacrifices the very existence of humanity to the non-existence of God. He offers his victims not to the altar, but merely to assert the idleness of the altar and the emptiness of the throne. He is ready to ruin even that primary ethic by which all things live, for his strange and eternal vengeance upon some one who never lived at all. Gilbert K Chesterton
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That young man with the long, auburn hair and the impudent face - that young man was not really a poet; but surely he was a poem. Gilbert K Chesterton
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In the main, and from the beginning of time, mysticism has kept men sane. The thing that has driven them mad was logic. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Humility is the luxurious art of reducing ourselves to a point, not to a small thing or a large one, but to a thing with no size at all, so that to it all the cosmic things are what they really are-of immeasurable stature. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We ought to be interested in that darkest and most real part of a man in which dwell not the vices that he does not display, but the virtues that he cannot. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Men spoke much in my boyhood about restricted or ruined men of genius: and it was common to say that many a man was a Great Might-Have-Been. To me it's a more solid and startling fact that any man in the street is a Great Might-Not-Have-Been. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A sober man may become a drunkard through being a coward. A brave man may become a coward through being a drunkard. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is largely because the free-thinkers, as a school, have hardly made up their minds whether they want to be more optimist or more pessimist than Christianity that their small but sincere movement has failed. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A fairly clear line separated advertisement from art. ... The first effect of the triumph of the capitalist (if we allow him to triumph) will be that that line of demarcation will entirely disappear. There will be no art that might not just as well be advertisement. Gilbert K Chesterton
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One pleasure attached to growing older is that many things seem to be growing younger; growing fresher and more lively than we once supposed them to be. Gilbert K Chesterton
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'As you have made your bed, so you must lie on it'; which again is simply a lie. If I have made my bed uncomfortable, please God I will make it again. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Busy editors cannot be expected to put on their posters, "Mr. Wilkinson Still Safe," or "Mr. Jones, of Worthing, Not Dead Yet." They cannot announce the happiness of mankind at all. They cannot describe all the forks that are not stolen, or all the marriages that are not judiciously dissolved. Hence the complex picture they give of life is of necessity fallacious; they can only represent what is unusual. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The poor complain that they are governed badly. The rich complain that they are governed at all. Gilbert K Chesterton
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