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Quotations by author » Gilbert K. Chesterton
English born Gabonese Critic, Essayist, Novelist and Poet, 1874-1936
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'My country, right or wrong' is a thing no patriot would ever think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying 'My mother, drunk or sober.'
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A building is akin to dogma; it is insolent, like dogma. Whether or no it is permanent, it claims permanence, like a dogma.
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A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.
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A dying monarchy is always one that has too much power, not too little; a dying religion always interferes more than it ought, not less.
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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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A great deal of contemporary criticism reads to me like a man saying: `Of course I do not like green cheese: I am very fond of brown sherry.'
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A man can never quite understand a boy, even when he has been a boy.
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A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying.
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A man who has faith must be prepared not only to be a martyr, but to be a fool.
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A man's opinion on tramcars matters; his opinion on Botticelli matters; his opinion on all things does not matter.
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A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things.
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A stiff apology is a second insult... The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt.
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A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching.
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A yawn is a silent shout.
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After all / I think I will not hang myself today.
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All conservatism is based upon the idea that if you leave things alone you leave them as they are. But you do not. If you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change.
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All good was a remnant.
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All government is an ugly necessity.
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All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.
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All that we call spirit and art and ecstacy only means that for one awful instant we remember that we forgot.
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