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G. K. Chesterton

English author & mystery novelist (1874 - 1936)

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The human race, to which so many of my readers belong, has been playing at children's games from the beginning, and will probably do it till the end, which is a nuisance for the few people who grow up. And one of the games which it is most attached is called, "Keep tomorrow dark," and which is also named (by the rustics in Shropshire, I have no doubt) "Cheat the Prophet." The players listen very carefully and respectfully to all that the clever men have to say about what is to happen in the next generation. The players then wait until all the clever men are dead, and bury them nicely. Then they go and do something else. That is all. For a race of simple tastes, however, it is great fun.

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...But nature does not say that cats are more valuable than mice; nature makes no remark on the subject. She does not even say that the cat is enviable or the mouse pitiable. We think the cat superior because we have (or most of us have) a particular philosophy to the effect that life is better than death. But if the mouse were a German pessimist mouse, he might not think that the cat had beaten him at all. He might think he had beaten the cat by getting to the grave first.

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No animal ever invented anything as bad as drunkeness or as good as drink.

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Brave men are all vertebrates; they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle.

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Courage is almost a contradiction in terms: it means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.

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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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When you have really exhausted an experience you always reverence and love it.

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We ought to see far enough into a hypocrite to see even his sincerity.

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Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all.

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The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.

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The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people.

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The discovery of this strange society was a curiously refreshing thing; to realize that there were ten new trades in the world was like looking at the first ship or the first plough. It made a man feel what he should feel, that he was still in the childhood of the world.

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I still believe in liberalism today as much as I ever did, but, oh, there was a happy time when I believed in liberals...

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A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.

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I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.

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If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.

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The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.

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The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.

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I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles.

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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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Psychoanalysis is confession without absolution.

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The classes that wash most are those that work least.

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A large section of the intelligentsia seems wholly devoid of intelligence.

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Nowadays a citizen can hardly distinguish between a tax and a fine, except that the fine is generally much lighter.

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Coincidences are spiritual puns.

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The only people who seem to have nothing to do with the education of the children are the parents.

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What a glorious garden of wonders the lights of Broadway would be to anyone lucky enough to be unable to read.

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Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.

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Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.

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All slang is a metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.

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The rich are the scum of the earth in every country.

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An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.

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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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"My country, right or wrong," is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying, "My mother, drunk or sober."

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One must somehow find a way of loving the world without trusting it; somehow one must love the world without being worldly.

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You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution

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The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion.

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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 complain that they are governed badly. The rich complain that they are governed at all.

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The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.

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Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.

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A dead thing goes with the stream. Only a living thing can go against it.

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Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.

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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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A room without books is like a body without a soul.

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By a curious confusion, many modern critics have passed from the proposition that a masterpiece may be unpopular to the other proposition that unless it is unpopular it cannot be a masterpiece.

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Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.

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I say that a man must be certain of his morality for the simple reason that he has to suffer for it.

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If there were no God, there would be no Atheists.

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It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong.

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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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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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Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult, and not tried.

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If a rhinoceros were to enter this resteraunt now, there is no denying he would have great power here. But I would be the first to rise and assure him that he had no authority whatever.

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Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.

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I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean.

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Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers. In the perfect stranger we perceive man himself; the image of a God is not disguised by resemblances to an uncle or doubts of wisdom of a mustache.

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The honest poor can sometimes forget poverty. The honest rich can never forget it.

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Truth must necessarily be stranger than fiction, for fiction is the creation of the human mind and therefore congenial to it.

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People in high life are hardened to the wants and distresses of mankind as surgeons are to their bodily pains.

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