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G. K. Chesterton quotes page 4

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness
doubled by wonder.
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There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The
other is to desire less.
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What embitters the world is not excess of criticism, but absence of self-criticism.
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The mind moves by instincts, associations and premonitions and not by fixed dates or
completed processes.
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A philosopher cannot talk about any single thing, down to a pumpkin, without showing
whether he is wise or foolish; but he can easily talk about everything without anyone having
any views about him, beyond gloomy suspicions.
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People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.
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They say travel broadens the mind; but you must have the mind.
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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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Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.
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A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition.
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Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.
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When we step into the family, by the act of being born, we do step into a world which is
incalculable, into a world which has its own strange laws, into a world which could do without
us, into a world we have not made. In other words, when we step into the family we step into
a fairy tale.
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Once abolish the God and the government becomes the God.
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A man looking at a hippopotamus may sometimes be tempted to regard a hippopotamus as an
enormous mistake; but he is also bound to confess that a fortunate inferiority prevents him
personally from making such mistakes.
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Odd, isn't it, that a thief and a vagabond should repent, when so many who are rich and secure
remain hard and frivolous, and without fruit for God or man?
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The only way of catching a train I ever discovered is to miss the train before.
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People wonder why the novel is the most popular form of literature; people wonder why it is
read more than books of science or books of metaphysics. The reason is very simple; it is
merely that the novel is more true than they are.
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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.
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The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to
being governed at all.
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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.
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In prosperity, our friends know us. In adversity, we know our friends.
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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.
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The Catholic Church is like a thick steak, a glass of red wine, and a good cigar.
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The most incredible thing about miracles is that they happen.
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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.
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Complaint always comes back in an echo from the ends of the world; but silence strengthens
us.
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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 civilization, what there is particularly immortal about yours?
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Journalism largely consists in saying "Lord Jones Dead" to people who never knew Lord Jones
was alive.
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Imagination does not breed insanity. Exactly what does breed insanity is reason. Poets do not
go mad; but chess-players do. Mathematicians go mad, and cashiers; but creative artists
very seldom. I am not, as will be seen, in any sense attacking logic: I only say that this
danger does lie in logic, not in imagination.
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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.
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When learned men begin to use their reason, then I generally discover that they haven't got
any.
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The main point of Christianity was this: that Nature is not our mother, nature is our sister.
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