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GK Chesterton's quotes
"The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man."
"The reformer is always right about what is wrong. He is generally wrong about what is right."
"The real argument against aristocracy is that it always means the rule of the ignorant. For the most dangerous of all forms of ignorance is ignorance of work."
"The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese."
"The only right way of telling a story is to begin at the beginning--at the beginning of the world. Therefore all books have to be begun in the wrong way for the sake of brevity."
"The only defensible war is a war of defense."
War & Peace
"The free man owns himself. He can damage himself with either eating or drinking; he can ruin himself with gambling. If he does he is certainly a damn fool, and he might possibly be a damned soul; but if he may not, he is not a free man any more than a dog."
"The first two facts which a healthy boy or girl feels about sex are these: first that it is beautiful and then that it is dangerous."
"The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried."
"The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people."
"The aim of good prose words is to mean what they say. The aim of good poetical words is to mean what they do not say."
"The act of defending any of the cardinal virtues has today all the exhilaration of a vice."
Declaration of Independence
dogmatically bases all rights on the fact that God created all men equal; and it is right; for if they were not created equal, they were certainly evolved unequal. There is no basis for democracy except in a dogma about the divine origin of man."
"Once abolish the God, and the government becomes the God."
"Most modern freedom is at root fear. It is not so much that we are too bold to endure rules; it is rather that we are too timid to endure responsibilities."
"Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable."
Good & Evil
"Marriage is a duel to the death which no man of honour should decline."
"Love means loving the unlovable - or it is no virtue at all."
"Journalism largely consists of saying 'Lord Jones is Dead' to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive."
"It's not that we don't have enough scoundrels to curse; it's that we don't have enough good men to curse them."
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