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G. K. Chesterton quotes page 5

We do not need to get good laws to restrain bad people. We need to get good people to
restrain us from bad laws.
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There are no uninteresting things, only uninterested people.
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Ideas are dangerous, but the man to whom they are least dangerous is the man of ideas. He
is acquainted with ideas, and moves among them like a lion-tamer.
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Great truths can only be forgotten and can never be falsified.
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No man who worships education has got the best out of education. Without a gentle
contempt for education no man's education is complete.
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Feminism is mixed up with a muddled idea that women are free when they serve their
employers but slaves when they help their husbands.
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The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something
solid.
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One can sometimes do good by being the right person in the wrong place.
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The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.
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The criminal is the creative artist; the detective only the critic.
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The sane man knows that he has a touch of the beast, a touch of the devil, a touch of the
saint, a touch of the citizen. Nay, the really sane man knows that he has a touch of the
madman. But the materialist's world is quite simple and solid, just as the madman is quite sure
he is sane.
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All things are from God; and above all, reason and imagination and the great gifts of the mind.
They are good in themselves; and we must not altogether forget their origin even in their
perversion.
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Silence is the unbearbale repartee.
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I've searched all the parks in all the cities - and found no statues of Committees.
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Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore
they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, "Do it again"; and the grown-up
person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to
exult in monotony. 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.
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Science in the modern world has many uses; its chief use, however, is to provide long words
to cover the errors of the rich.
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Never invoke the gods unless you really want them to appear. It annoys them very much.
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When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then
become capable of believing in anything.
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Misers get up early in the morning; and burglars, I am informed, get up the night before.
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The center of every man's existence is a dream.
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If we could destroy custom at a blow and see the stars as a child sees them, we should need
no other apocalypse.
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We ought to see far enough into a hypocrite to see even his sincerity.
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The philosophy of this world may be founded on facts, but its business is run on spiritual
impressions and atmospheres.
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Lying in bed would be an altogether supreme experience if one only had a colored pencil long
enough to draw on the ceiling.
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You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and
grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before
sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I
dip the pen in the ink.
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I entertain a private suspicion that physical sports were much more really effective and
beneficent when they were not taken quite so seriously. One of the first essentials of sport
being healthy is that it should be delightful; it is rapidly becoming a false religion with
austerities and prostrations.
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All architecture is great architecture after sunset.
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Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances that we know to be desperate.
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Fairy tales make rivers run with wine only to make us remember, for one wild moment, that
they run with water.
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And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than look down. Without the rain, there
would be no rainbow.
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There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.
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The academic mind reflects infinity, and is full of light by the simple process of being shallow
and standing still.
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