Quotations From GILBERT KEITH CHESTERTON

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  • 51.
    If our caricaturists do not hate their enemies, it is not because they are too big to hate them, but because their enemies are not big enough to hate.
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "Conceit and Caricature," All Things Considered (1908).

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  • 52.
    A cosmic philosophy is not constructed to fit a man; a cosmic philosophy is constructed to fit a cosmos. A man can no more possess a private religion than he can possess a private sun and moon.
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "The Book of Job," G.K.C. as M.C. (1929).

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  • 53.
    Half a truth is better than no politics.
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "The Boy," All Things Considered (1908).

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  • 54.
    The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all.
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. Ratcliffe, in The Man Who Was Thursday, ch. 11 (1908).

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  • 55.
    The chief assertion of religious morality is that white is a colour. Virtue is not the absence of vices or the avoidance of moral dangers; virtue is a vivid and separate thing, like pain or a particular smell.
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "A Piece of Chalk," Tremendous Trifles (1909).

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  • 56.
    The aim of life is appreciation; there is no sense in not appreciating things; and there is no sense in having more of them if you have less appreciation of them.
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. Autobiography, ch. 11 (1936).

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  • 57.
    Boyhood is a most complex and incomprehensible thing. Even when one has been through it, one does not understand what it was. A man can never quite understand a boy, even when he has been the boy.
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. Autobiography, ch. 3 (1936).
  • 58.
    White ... is not a mere absence of colour; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black.... God paints in many colours; but He never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white.
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "A Piece of Chalk," Tremendous Trifles (1909).

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  • 59.
    The perplexity of life arises from there being too many interesting things in it for us to be interested properly in any of them.
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "The Secret of a Train," Tremendous Trifles (1909).

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  • 60.
    There is nothing the matter with Americans except their ideals. The real American is all right; it is the ideal American who is all wrong.
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. New York Times (Feb. 1, 1931).
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