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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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Wherever there is animal worship, there is human sacrifice. 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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The simplification of anything is always sensational. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Happy is he who still loves something he loved in the nursery: He has not been broken in two by time; he is not two men, but one, and he has saved not only his soul but his life. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The present condition of fame is merely fashion. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Nothing is poetical if plain daylight is not poetical; and no monster should amaze us if the normal man does not amaze. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Buddhism is not a creed, it is a doubt. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A radical generally meant a man who thought he could somehow pull up the root without affecting the flower. A conservative generally meant a man who wanted to conserve everything except his own reason for conserving anything. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all. 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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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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