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G. K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936)
English author & mystery novelist [more author details]
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Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
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G. K. Chesterton
Real development is not leaving things behind, as on a road, but drawing life from them, as on a root.
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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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The most astonishing thing about miracles is that they happen.
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The people who are the most bigoted are the people who have no convictions at all.
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The prophet and the quack are alike admired for a generation, and admired for the wrong reasons.
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The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion.
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There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read.
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There nearly always is a method in madness. It's what drives men mad, being methodical.
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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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You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.
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There are no wise few. Every aristocracy that has ever existed has behaved, in all essential points, exactly like a small mob.
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G. K. Chesterton, "Heretics", 1905
All slang is a metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.
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G. K. Chesterton, Defendant (1901)
Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.
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G. K. Chesterton, Defendant (1901)
The rich are the scum of the earth in every country.
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G. K. Chesterton, Flying Inn (1914)
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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G. K. Chesterton, Generally Speaking, Chapter 20, 1929
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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G. K. Chesterton, Heretics (1905)
I do not believe in a fate that falls on all men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.
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G. K. Chesterton, On Holland, Generally Speaking, 1928
The poet only asks to get his head into the heavens. It is the logician who seeks to get the heavens into his head. And it is his head that splits.
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G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.
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G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
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