Gilbert K Chesterton Quotes & Wallpapers

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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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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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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Beware of no man more than yourself; we carry our worst enemies within us. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Don't ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It has often been 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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Fairy-tales do not give a child his first idea of bogy. What fairy-tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogy. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairytale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Our civilization has decided, and very justly decided, that determining the guilt or innocence of men is a thing too important to be trusted to trained men.... When it wants a library catalogued, or the solar system discovered, or any trifle of that kind, it uses up its specialists. But when it wishes anything done which is really serious, it collects twelve of the ordinary men standing round. The same thing was done, if I remember right, by the Founder of Christianity. 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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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 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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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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To be simple is the best thing in the world. 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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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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The full potentialities of human fury cannot be reached until a friend of both parties tactfully interferes. 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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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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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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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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