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G. K. Chesterton



    Life exists for the love of music or beautiful things.

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    When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.

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    The true object of all human life is play.

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    The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it.

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    Bigotry may be roughly defined as the anger of men who have no opinions.

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    Education is the period during which you are being instructed by somebody you do not know, about something you do not want to know.

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    When you have really exhausted an experience you always reverence and love it. The two things that nearly all of us have thoroughly and really been through are childhood and youth.

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    The woman does not work because the man tells her to work and she obeys. On the contrary, the woman works because she has told the man to work, an he hasn't obeyed.

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    It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged.

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

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    Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.

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    His English education at one of the great public schools had preserved his intellect perfectly and permanently at the stage of boyhood.

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    The artistic temperament is a disease that afflicts amateurs. It is a disease which arises from men no having sufficient power of expression to utter and get rid of the element of art in their being.

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    To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.

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    The disadvantage of men not knowing the past is that they do not know the present. History is a hill or high point of vantage, from which alone men see the town in which they live or the age in which they are living.

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    Children are innocent and love justice, while most adults are wicked and prefer mercy.

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    The only words that ever satisfied me as describing Nature are the terms used in fairy books, charm, spell, enchantment. They express the arbitrariness of the fact and its mystery.

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