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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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When "everyone knows" that something is so, it is always more interesting and often illuminating to assumeexactly the opposite, and to see where that leads. Gilbert K Chesterton
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What the world wants, what the world is waiting for, is not Modern Poetry or Classical Poetry or Neo-Classical Poetry - but Good Poetry. And the dreadful disreputable doubt, which stirs in my own skeptical mind, is doubt about whether it would really matter much what style a poet chose to write in, in any period, as long as he wrote Good poetry. Gilbert K Chesterton
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You may think a crime horrible because you could never commit it. I think it is horrible because I could commit it. 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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One can sometimes do good by being the right person in the wrong place. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A great deal of contemporary criticism reads to me like a man saying: Of course I do not like green cheese: I am very fond of brown sherry. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The Museum is not meant for the wanderer to see by accident or for the pilgrim to see with awe. It is meant for the mere slave of a routine of self-education to stuff himself with every sort of incongruous intellectual food in one indigestible meal... Gilbert K Chesterton
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Carlyle said that men were mostly fools. Christianity, with a surer and more reverend realism, says that they are all fools. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Literature has always been allegorical. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The man who sees consistency in things is a wit; the man who sees the inconsistency in things is a humorist. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is nothing that fails like success. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is no skeptic who does not feel that men have doubted before, but no man in love thinks that anyone has been in love before. 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 around. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The rolling English drunkard made the rolling English road. A reeling road, a rolling road, that rambles round the shire. Gilbert K Chesterton
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He could not think up to the height of his own towering style. 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. Gilbert K Chesterton
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If an angel out of heaven Brings you other things to drink, Thank him for his kind attentions, Go and pour them down the sink. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Smile at us, pay us, pass us; but do not quite forget. For we are the people of England, that never have spoken yet. 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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The grinding power of the plain words of the Gospel story is like the power of mill-stones, and those who can read them simply enough will feel as if rocks had been rolled upon them. 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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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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The best kind of giving is thanksgiving. Gilbert K Chesterton
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And Noah he often said to his wife when he sat down to dine, "I don't care where the water goes if it doesn't get into the wine." Gilbert K Chesterton
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We have had no good comic operas of late, because the real world has been more comic than any possible opera. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Reason is always a kind of brute force; those who appeal to the head rather than the heart, however pallid and polite, are necessarily men of violence. We speak of 'touching' a man's heart, but we can do nothing to his head but hit it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I agree with the realistic Irishman who said he preferred to prophesy after the event. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The unconscious democracy of America is a very fine thing. It is a true and deep and instinctive assumption of the equality of citizens, which even voting and elections have not destroyed. Gilbert K Chesterton
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All government is an ugly necessity. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I never could see anything wrong in sensationalism; and I am sure our society is suffering more from secrecy than from flamboyant revelations. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The modern city is ugly not because it is a city but because it is not enough of a city, because it is a jungle, because it is confused and anarchic, and surging with selfish and materialistic energies. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Self-denial is the test and definition of self-government. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Women have a thirst for order and beauty as for something physical; there is a strange female power of hating ugliness and waste as good men can only hate sin and bad men virtue. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Any one thinking of the Holy Child as born in December would mean by it exactly what we mean by it; that Christ is not merely a summer sun of the prosperous but a winter fire for the unfortunate. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It's not that we don't have enough scoundrels to curse; it's that we don't have enough good men to curse them. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Idolatry is committed, not merely by setting up false gods, but also by setting up false devils; by making men afraid of war or alcohol, or economic law, when they should be afraid of spiritual corruption and cowardice. Gilbert K Chesterton
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To the humble man, and to the humble man alone, the sun is really a sun; to the humble man, and to the humble man alone, the sea is really a sea. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I would rather a boy learnt in the roughest school the courage to hit a politician, or gained in the hardest school the learning to refute him - rather than that he should gain in the most enlightened school the cunning to copy him. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Only friendliness produces friendship. And we must look far deeper into the soul of man for the thing that produces friendliness. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is not merely true that a creed unites men. Nay, a difference of creed unites men - so long as it is a clear difference. A boundary unites. Many a magnanimous Moslem and chivalrous Crusader must have been nearer to each other, because they were both dogmatists, than any two agnostics. "I say God is One," and "I say God is One but also Three," that is the beginning of a good quarrelsome, manly friendship. Gilbert K Chesterton
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In Catholicism, the pint, the pipe and the Cross can all fit together. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The power which makes a man able to entertain a good impulse is the same as that which enables him to make a good gun; it is imagination. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is not greedy to enjoy a good dinner, any more than it is to enjoy a good concert. But I do think there is something greedy about trying to enjoy the dinner and the concert at the same time. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Life is not an illogicality; yet it is a trap for logicians. It looks just a little more mathematical and regular than it is; its exactitude is obvious, but its inexactitude is hidden; its wildness lies in wait. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Shall I tell you the secret of the whole world? It is that we have only known the back of the world. We see everything from behind, and it looks brutal. That is not a tree, but the back of a tree. That is not a cloud, but the back of a cloud. Cannot you see that everything is stooping and hiding a face? If we could only get round in front- Gilbert K Chesterton
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Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A detective story generally describes six living men discussing how it is that a man is dead. A modern philosophic story generally describes six dead men discussing how any man can possibly be alive. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Certain new theologians dispute original sin, which is the only part of Christian theology which can really be proved. Gilbert K Chesterton
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