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The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.
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The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people.
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An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.
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The reason angels can fly is because they take themselves lightly. - Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes
The reason angels can fly is because they take themselves lightly.
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A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it. - Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes
A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.
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If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly. - Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes
If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.
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The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese. - Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes
The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
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The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost. - Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes
The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.
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The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder. - Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes
The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder.
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I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
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To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.
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Silence is the unbearable repartee. - Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes
Silence is the unbearable repartee.
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Against a dark sky, all flowers look like fireworks. - Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes
Against a dark sky, all flowers look like fireworks.
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There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds. - Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes
There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.
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The coming peril is the intellectual, educational, psychological and artistic overproduction, which, equally with economic overproduction, threatens the well-being of contemporary civilisation. People are inundated, blinded, deafened, and mentally paralysed by a flood of vulgar and tasteless externals, leaving them no time for leisure, thought, or creation from within themselves.
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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 Quotes
God is like the sun; you cannot look at it, but without it you cannot look at anything else.
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It is absurd for the Evolutionist to complain that it is unthinkable for an admittedly unthinkable God to make everything out of nothing and then pretend that it is more thinkable that nothing should turn itself into everything.
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The more I considered Christianity, the more I found that while it had established a rule and order, the chief aim of that order was to give room for good things to run wild.
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On the third day the friends of Christ coming at daybreak to the place found the grave empty and the stone rolled away. In varying ways they realized the new wonder; but even they hardly realized that the world had died in the night. What they were looking at was the first day of a new creation, with a new heaven and a new earth; and in a semblance of the gardener God walked again in the garden, in the cool not of the evening but of the dawn.
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Tolerance is the virtue of people who do not believe in anything. - Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes
Tolerance is the virtue of people who do not believe in anything.
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Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried. - Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes
Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.
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I don't need a church to tell me I'm wrong where I already know I'm wrong; I need a Church to tell me I'm wrong where I think I'm right
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A really great person is the person who makes every person feel great. - Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes
A really great person is the person who makes every person feel great.
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The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost. - Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes
The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.
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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?
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All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.
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The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.
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Large organization is loose organization. Nay, it would be almost as true to say that organization is always disorganization.
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It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. - Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes
It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged.
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White... is not a mere absence of colour; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black... God paints in many colours; but He never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white.
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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.
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The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.
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When belief in God becomes difficult, the tendency is to turn away from Him; but in heaven's name to what?
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Fairy tales are more than true. - Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes
Fairy tales are more than true.
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Only man can be absurd: for only man can be dignified. - Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes
Only man can be absurd: for only man can be dignified.
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I've searched all the parks in all the cities - and found no statues of Committees. - Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes
I've searched all the parks in all the cities - and found no statues of Committees.
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And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.
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The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground. - Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes
The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground.
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A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things. - Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes
A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things.
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We are all in the same boat, in a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty. - Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes
We are all in the same boat, in a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty.
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There is less difference than many suppose between the ideal Socialist system, in which the big businesses are run by the State, and the present Capitalist system, in which the State is run by the big businesses.
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Faith means believing the unbelievable. - Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes
Faith means believing the unbelievable.
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When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.
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Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless. - Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes
Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.
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But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, "Do it again" to the sun.; and every evening, "Do it again" to the moon. It may not be automatic monotony that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never gotten tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.
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If you happen to read fairy tales, you will observe that one idea runs from one end of them to the other--the idea that peace and happiness can only exist on some condition. This idea, which is the core of ethics, is the core of the nursery-tales.
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All my authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. - Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes
All my authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
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You cannot love a thing without wanting to fight for it. - Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes
You cannot love a thing without wanting to fight for it.
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Many clever men like you have trusted to civilization. Many clever Babylonians, many clever Egyptians, many clever men at the end of Rome. Can you tell me, in a world that is flagrant with the failures of civilisation, what there is particularly immortal about yours?
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The modern habit of saying "This is my opinion, but I may be wrong" is entirely irrational. If I say that it may be wrong, I say that is not my opinion. The modern habit of saying "Every man has a different philosophy; this is my philosophy and it suits me" – the habit of saying this is mere weak-mindedness. 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.
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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.
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If men will not be governed by the Ten Commandments, they shall be governed by the ten thousand commandments
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One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak. - Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes
One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.
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Let a man walk ten miles steadily on a hot summer's day along a dusty English road, and he will soon discover why beer was invented.
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Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair. - Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes
Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.
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But the truth is that it is only by believing in God that we can ever criticise the Government. Once abolish the God, and the Government becomes the God.
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The sceptic ultimately undermines democracy (1) because he can see no significance in death and such things of a literal equality; (2) because he introduces different first principles, making debate impossible: and debate is the life of democracy; (3) because the fading of the images of sacred persons leaves a man too prone to be a respecter of earthly persons; (4) because there will be more, not less, respect for human rights if they can be treated as divine rights.
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It is the decisive people who have become civilised; it is the indecisive, otherwise called the higher sceptics, or the idealistic doubters, who have remained barbarians.
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The sceptics, like bees, give their one sting and die. - Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes
The sceptics, like bees, give their one sting and die.
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What people call impartiality may simply mean indifference, and what people call partiality may simply mean mental activity.
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The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected.
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If there were no God, there would be no atheists. - Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes
If there were no God, there would be no atheists.
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The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see. - Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes
The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.
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The home is not the one tame place in the world of adventure. It is the one wild place in the world of rules and set tasks.
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All men are ordinary men; the extraordinary men are those who know it. - Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes
All men are ordinary men; the extraordinary men are those who know it.
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Right is Right even if nobody does it. Wrong is wrong even if everybody is wrong about it. - Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes
Right is Right even if nobody does it. Wrong is wrong even if everybody is wrong about it.
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When people talk as if the Crusades were nothing more than an aggressive raid against Islam, they seem to forget in the strangest way that Islam itself was only an aggressive raid against the old and ordered civilization in these parts. I do not say it in mere hostility to the religion of Mahomet; I am fully conscious of many values and virtues in it; but certainly it was Islam that was the invasion and Christendom that was the thing invaded.
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A thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.
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If I can put one touch of rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God.
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We should always endeavor to wonder at the permanent thing, not at the mere exception. We should be startled by the sun, and not by the eclipse. We should wonder less at the earthquake, and wonder more at the earth.
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The only way to be sure of catching a train is to miss the one before it. - Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes
The only way to be sure of catching a train is to miss the one before it.
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Stick to the man who looks out of the window and tries to understand the world. Keep clear of the man who looks in at the window and tries to understand you.
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Do not be so open-minded that your brains fall out. - Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes
Do not be so open-minded that your brains fall out.
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The most incredible thing about miracles is that they happen. - Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes
The most incredible thing about miracles is that they happen.
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Whenever you remove any fence, always pause long enough to ask why it was put there in the first place.
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Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another. - Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes
Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.
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Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.
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Once I planned to write a book of poems entirely about the things in my pocket. But I found it would be too long; and the age of the great epics is past.
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The beautification of the world is not a work of nature, but a work of art, then it involves an artist.
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Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
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