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G.K. Chesterton Quotes

The Frenchman works until he can play. The American works until he cant play; and then thanks the devil, his master, that he is donkey enough to die in harness. But the Englishman, as he has since become, works until he can pretend that he never worked at all.
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There are those who hate Christianity and call their hatred an all-embracing love for all religions.

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Thieves respect property; they merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.

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Thrift is poetic because it is creative; waste is unpoetic because it is waste.

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He stared and talked at the girl's red hair and amused face for what seemed to be a few minutes; and then, feeling that the groups in such a place should mix, rose to his feet. To his astonishment, he discovered the whole garden empty. Everyone had gone long ago, and he went himself with a rather hurried apology. He left with a sense of champagne in his head, which he could not afterwards explain. In the wild events which were to follow, this girl had no part at all; he never saw her again until all his tale was over. And yet, in some indescribable way, she kept recurring like a motive in music through all his mad adventures afterwards, and the glory of her strange hair ran like a red thread through those dark and ill-drawn tapestries of the night. For what followed was so improbable that it might well have been a dream.

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My best friends are all either bottomless skeptics or quite uncontrollable believers ...

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A strange fanaticism fills our time: the fanatical hatred of morality, especially of Christian morality.

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The new community which the capitalists are now constructing will be a very complete and absolute community; and one which will tolerate nothing really independent of itself.

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Whether the human mind can advance or not, is a question too little discussed, for nothing can be more dangerous than to found our social philosophy on any theory which is debatable but has not been debated.

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Is it possible that God says every morning, "Do it again" to the sun; and every evening "Do it again" to the moon." from Orthodoxy.

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They stoned the false prophets, it is said; but they could have stoned true prophets with a greater and juster enjoyment.

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It is very hard for a man to defend anything of which he is entirely convinced. It is comparatively easy when he is only partially convinced.

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I really have no experience," he began. "No one has any experience," said the other, "of the Battle of Armageddon." "But I am really unfit-" "You are willing, that is enough," said the unknown. "Well, really," said Syme, "I don't know any profession of which mere willingness is the final test." "I do," said the other-"martyrs. I am condemning you to death. Good day.

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We may fight for the cause of international peace because we are very fond of fighting.

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