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G. K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936)
English author & mystery novelist [more author details]
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You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.
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G. K. Chesterton
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
The men who really believe in themselves are all in lunatic asylums.
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G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy; p. 14
It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see the problem.
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G. K. Chesterton, Scandal of Father Brown (1935)
He may be mad, but there's method in his madness. There nearly always is method in madness. It's what drives men mad, being methodical.
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G. K. Chesterton, The Fad of the Fisherman (1922)
Compromise used to mean that half a loaf was better than no bread. Among modern statesmen it really seems to mean that half a loaf is better than a whole loaf.
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G. K. Chesterton, What's Wrong with the World, chapter 3, 1910
But a somewhat more liberal and sympathetic examination of mankind will convince us that the cross is even older than the gibbet, that voluntary suffering was before and independent of compulsory; and in short that in most important matters a man has always been free to ruin himself if he chose.
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G. K. Chesterton, What's Wrong With the World; p. 118

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