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The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried. G. K. Chesterton

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Merely having an open mind is nothing; the object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid. G. K. Chesterton

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People generally quarrel because they cannot argue. G. K. Chesterton

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One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak. G. K. Chesterton

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A cosmic philosophy is not constructed to fit a man; a cosmic philosophy is constructed to fit a cosmos. A man can no more possess a private religion than he can possess a private sun and moon. G. K. Chesterton

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There are no uninteresting things, there are only uninterested people. G. K. Chesterton

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I've searched all the parks in all the cities and found no statues of committees. G. K. Chesterton

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How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win. G. K. Chesterton

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A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author. G. K. Chesterton

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A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition. G. K. Chesterton

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A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching. G. K. Chesterton

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Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated. G. K. Chesterton

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In matters of truth the fact that you don't want to publish something is, nine times out of ten, a proof that you ought to publish it. G. K. Chesterton

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Buddhism is not a creed, it is a doubt. G. K. Chesterton

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The world will never starve for want of wonders, but for want of wonder. G. K. Chesterton

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White is not a mere absence of color; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black. God paints in many colors; but He never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white. G. K. Chesterton

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If the barricades went up in our streets and the poor became masters, I think the priests would escape, I fear the gentlemen would; but I believe the gutters would simply be running with the blood of philanthropists. G. K. Chesterton

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Angels fly because they take themselves lightly. G. K. Chesterton

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The fatal metaphor of progress, which means leaving things behind us, has utterly obscured the real idea of growth, which means leaving things inside us. G. 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. G. K. Chesterton

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Journalism consists largely in saying Lord James is dead to people who never knew Lord James was alive. G. K. Chesterton

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The man who throws a bomb is an artist, because he prefers a great moment to everything. G. K. Chesterton

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To be clever enough to get all the money, one must be stupid enough to want it. G. 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. G. K. Chesterton

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I believe in getting into hot water. I think it keeps you clean. G. K. Chesterton

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Marriage is an adventure, like going to war. G. K. Chesterton

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The average man votes below himself; he votes with half a mind or a hundredth part of one. A man ought to vote with the whole of himself, as he worships or gets married. A man ought to vote with his head and heart, his soul and stomach, his eye for faces and his ear for music; also (when sufficiently provoked) with his hands and feet. If he has ever seen a fine sunset, the crimson color of it should creep into his vote. The question is not so much whether only a minority of the electorate votes. The point is that only a minority of the voter votes. G. K. Chesterton

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New roads; new ruts. G. K. Chesterton

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I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act. G. K. Chesterton

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No man knows he is young while he is young. G. K. Chesterton

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Do not free the camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel. G. K. Chesterton

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The madman is not the man who has lost his reason. He is the man who has lost everything except his reason. G. K. Chesterton

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Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere. G. K. Chesterton

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Facts as facts do not always create a spirit of reality, because reality is a spirit. G. K. Chesterton

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It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see the problem. G. K. Chesterton

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A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things. G. K. Chesterton

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A new philosophy generally means in practice the praise of some old vice. G. K. Chesterton

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If I had only one sermon to preach it would be a sermon against pride. G. K. Chesterton

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Psychoanalysis is confession without absolution. G. K. Chesterton

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Half a truth is better than no politics. G. K. Chesterton

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You cannot love a thing without wanting to fight for it. G. K. Chesterton

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Youth is the period in which a man can be hopeless. The end of every episode is the end of the world. But the power of hoping through everything, the knowledge that the soul survives its adventures, that great inspiration comes to the middle-aged. G. K. Chesterton

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Experience which was once claimed by the aged is now claimed exclusively by the young. G. K. Chesterton

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The vulgar man is always the most distinguished, for the very desire to be distinguished is vulgar. G. 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. G. K. Chesterton

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The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist see what he has come to see. G. 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. G. K. Chesterton

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The perplexity of life arises from there being too many interesting things in it for us to be interested properly in any of them. G. K. Chesterton

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Man does not live by soap alone; and hygiene, or even health, is not much good unless you can take a healthy view of it -- or, better still, feel a healthy indifference to it. G. K. Chesterton

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Journalism is popular, but it is popular mainly as fiction. Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers another. G. K. Chesterton