G. K. Chesterton (Writer)

#12957 G. K. Chesterton

Impartiality is a pompousfor , which is an elegant name for . .

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#12958 G. K. Chesterton

There is a certain, and that a genuine one, in thisof having missed the fullof things. There is , not only in , but in this dazed and dramatic . .

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#12959 G. K. Chesterton

The center of every man's existence is a dream. .

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#12960 G. K. Chesterton

Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance. .

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#12961 G. K. Chesterton

One of the deepest and strangest of allmoods is the mood which will suddenly strike us perhaps in a garden at , or deep in sloping meadows, thethat everyand leaf has just uttered something stupendously direct and important, and that we have by a prodigy of imbecility not heard or understood it. There is a certain, and that a genuine one, in this sense of having missed the fullof things. There is , not only in , but in this dazed and dramatic . .

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#12962 G. K. Chesterton

Theof thismay be founded on , but itsis run on spiritual impressions and atmospheres. .

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#12963 G. K. Chesterton

Theis that , with his immense , with his colossal , with his vastand vastof , is deficient in one faculty and one faculty alone. He is not a mystic; and therefore he has a tendency to go mad. Men talk of the extravagances and frenzies that have been produced by ; they are a mere drop in the bucket. In the main, and from theof , mysticism has kept men sane. The thing that has driven them mad was . ...The only thing that has kept the race of men from the mad extremes of the convent and the pirate-galley, the night-club and the lethal chamber, has been mysticism — the belief that logic is misleading, and that things are not what they seem. .

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#12964 G. K. Chesterton

is always a kind of brute ; those who appeal to the head rather than the , however pallid and polite, aremen of . We speak of 'touching' a man's heart, but we can do nothing to his head but hit it. .

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#12965 G. K. Chesterton

The center of every man's existence is a . , , , are merely material accidents, like a toothache or a twisted ankle. That these brutal forces always besiege and often capture the citadel does not prove that they are the citadel. .

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#12966 G. K. Chesterton

The simplification of anything is always sensational. .

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#12967 G. K. Chesterton

He is only a very shallowwho cannot see anrebel in theof the . .

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#12968 G. K. Chesterton

Many clever men like you have trusted to . 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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#12969 G. K. Chesterton

"Lord! what a in which a man cannot remain unique even by taking the trouble to go mad!" .

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#12970 G. K. Chesterton

There is only one thing that it requires realto say, and that is a truism. .

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#12971 G. K. Chesterton

"Bosh," he said, "On what else is the whole world run but immediate impressions? What is more practical? My friend, theof thismay be founded on facts, but itsis run on spiritual impressions and atmospheres." .

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#12972 G. K. Chesterton

Moderateis shown in , supreme strength is shown in . .

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#12973 G. K. Chesterton

must ofbethan… for fiction is the creation of the human , and therefore is congenial to it. .

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#12974 G. K. Chesterton

Men always talk about the most important things to total . It is because in the total stranger we perceive man himself; the image ofis not disguised by resemblances to an uncle orof theof a moustache. .

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#12975 G. K. Chesterton

Earnest Freethinkers need not worry themselves so much about the persecutions of the . Before theidea is dead or triumphant we shall seeand persecutions the like of which thehas never seen. .

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#12976 G. K. Chesterton

Briefly, you can only findwithif you have already found truth without it. .

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#12977 G. K. Chesterton

Whenimpute special vices to the Christian Church, they seem entirely to forget that the world (which is the only other thing there is) has these vices much more. The Church has been cruel; but the world has been much more cruel. The Church has plotted; but the world has plotted much more. The Church has been superstitious; but it has never been so superstitious as the world is when left to itself. .

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#12978 G. K. Chesterton

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. Even when the revolutionist might himself repent of his revolution, the traditionalist is already defending it as part of his tradition. Thus we have two great types — the advanced person who rushes us into ruin, and the retrospective person who admires the ruins. He admires them especially by moonlight, not to say moonshine. Each new blunder of the progressive or prig becomes instantly a legend of immemorial antiquity for the snob. This is called the balance, or mutual check, in our Constitution. .

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#12979 G. K. Chesterton

The riddles ofare more satisfying than the solutions of man. .

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#12980 G. K. Chesterton

When learned men begin to use their , then I generally discover that they haven't got any. .

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#12981 G. K. Chesterton

Men do not differ much about what things they will call ; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable. .

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#12982 G. K. Chesterton

A man must be orthodox upon most things, or he will never even have time to preach his own heresy. .

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#12983 G. K. Chesterton

We have passed the age of the demagogue, the man who has little to say and says it loud. We have come to the age of the mystagogue or don, the man who has nothing to say, but says it softly and impressively in an indistinct whisper. .

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#12984 G. K. Chesterton

For mysaid that he opened his intellect as theopens the fans of a palm tree, opening for opening's sake, opening infinitely for ever. But I said that I opened my intellect as I opened my mouth, in order to shut it again on something solid. I was doing it at the moment. And as I truly pointed out, it would look uncommonly silly if I went on opening my mouth infinitely, for ever and ever. .

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#12985 G. K. Chesterton

Misers get up early in the morning; and burglars, I am informed, get up the night before. .

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#12986 G. K. Chesterton

The baby has known theintimately ever since he had an . What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon. .

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#12987 G. K. Chesterton

Fairy tales, then, are not responsible for producing in children , or any of the shapes of fear; fairy tales do not give the child the idea of theor the ugly; that is in the child already, because it is in thealready. Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known theintimately ever since he had an . What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon. Exactly what the fairy tale does is this: it accustoms him for a series of clear pictures to the idea that these limitless terrors had a limit, that these shapeless enemies have enemies in the knights of , that there is something in themorethan , and stronger than strong fear. .

G. K. Chesterton Quotes about fear
#12989 G. K. Chesterton

"I swear to you, then," said MacIan, after a pause. "I swear to you that nothing shall come between us. I swear to you that nothing shall be in my heart or in my head till our swords clash together. I swear it by the God you have denied, by the Blessed Lady you have blasphemed; I swear it by the seven swords in her heart. I swear it by the Holy Island where my fathers are, by the honour of my mother, by the secret of my people, and by the chalice of the Blood of God." The atheist drew up his head. "And I," he said, "give my word." .

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#12990 G. K. Chesterton

Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese. .

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#12992 G. K. Chesterton

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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#12994 G. K. Chesterton

The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists, as the mother can love the unborn child. .

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#12995 G. K. Chesterton

Either criticism is no good at all (a very defensible position) or else criticism means saying about an author the very things that would have made him jump out of his boots. .

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#12996 G. K. Chesterton

As for science and religion, the known and admitted facts are few and plain enough. All that the parsons say is unproved. All that the doctors say is disproved. That's the only difference between science and religion there's ever been, or will be. .

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#12997 G. K. Chesterton

There are two ways of dealing with nonsense in this world... .

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#12998 G. K. Chesterton

The academic mind reflects infinity, and is full of light by the simple process of being shallow and standing still. .

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#12999 G. K. Chesterton

Among the rich you will never find a really generous man even by accident. They may give their money away, but they will never give themselves away; they are egotistic, secretive, dry as old bones. To be smart enough to get all that money you must be dull enough to want it. .

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#13000 G. K. Chesterton

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. .

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#13001 G. K. Chesterton

The rich are the scum of the earth in every country. .

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#13002 G. K. Chesterton

I am not fighting a hopeless fight. People who have fought in real fights don't, as a rule. .

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#13003 G. K. Chesterton

To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it. .

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#13004 G. K. Chesterton

All government is an ugly necessity. .

G. K. Chesterton Quotes about men
#13005 G. K. Chesterton

A change of opinions is almost unknown in an elderly military man. .

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#13006 G. K. Chesterton

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. .

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#13007 G. K. Chesterton

Prince, Bayard would have smashed his sword To see the sort of knights you dub-- Is that the last of them — O Lord Will someone take me to a pub? .

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#13008 G. K. Chesterton

A mystic is a man who separates heaven and earth even if he enjoys them both. .

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#13009 G. K. Chesterton

Christendom might quite reasonably have been alarmed if it had not been attacked. But as a matter of history it had been attacked. The Crusader would have been quite justified in suspecting the Moslem even if the Moslem had merely been a new stranger; but as a matter of history he was already an old enemy. The critic of the Crusade talks as if it had sought out some inoffensive tribe or temple in the interior of Thibet, which was never discovered until it was invaded. They seem entirely to forget that long before the Crusaders had dreamed of riding to Jerusalem, the Moslems had almost ridden into Paris. They seem to forget that if the Crusaders nearly conquered Palestine, it was but a return upon the Moslems who had nearly conquered Europe. .

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