G.K. Chesterton Wisdom
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.
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
room without books is like a body without a soul.
adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is
an adventure wrongly considered.
like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.
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.
ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up.
do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.
believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean.
owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and
then going away and doing the exact opposite.
say that a man must be certain of his morality for the simple reason that he
has to suffer for it.
there were no God, there would be no Atheists.
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.
largely consists of saying 'Lord Jones is Dead' to people who never knew
that Lord Jones was alive.
with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.
have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably
because they are generally the same people.
thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion.
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.
have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing
are no wise few. Every aristocracy that has ever existed has behaved, in all
essential points, exactly like a small mob.
slang is a metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.
is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.
rich are the scum of the earth in every country.
is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that
can exist is an uninterested person.
Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead.
refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely
happen to be walking about.
men who really believe in themselves are all in lunatic asylums.
isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see the
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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