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If you happen to read fairy tales, you will observe that one idea runs from one end of them to the other--the idea that peace and happiness can only exist on some condition. This idea, which is the core of ethics, is the core of the nursery-tales.


G.K. Chesterton

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It is very currently suggested that the modern man is the heir of all the ages, that he has got the ...
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Babies need not to be taught a trade, but to be introduced to a world. To put the matter shortly, wo...
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I always like a dog so long as he isn't spelled backward.
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the things common to all men are more important than the things peculiar to any men. Ordinary things...
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On the third day the friends of Christ coming at daybreak to the place found the grave empty and the...
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That a good man may have his back to the wall is no more than we knew already, but that God could ha...
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The first two facts which a healthy boy or girl feels about sex are these: first that it is beautifu...
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I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles.
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As long as the vision of heaven is always changing, the vision of earth will be exactly the same. No...
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The more truly we can see life as a fairytale, the more clearly the tale resolves itself into war wi...
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It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged.
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Every man has forgotten who he is. One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self is mor...
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The Catholic Church is like a thick steak, a glass of red wine, and a good cigar.
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It was his home now. But it could not be his home till he had gone from it and returned to it. Now h...
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But when first the two black dragons sprang out of the fog upon the small clerk, they had merely th...
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The pure modernist is merely a snob; he cannot bear to be a month behind the fashion.
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Evil always wins through the strength of its splendid dupes; and there has in all ages been a disast...
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The modern world seems to have no notion of preserving different things side by side, of allowing it...
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[Buddhism and Christianity] are in one sense parallel and equal; as a mound and a hollow, as a valle...
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I suppose you can guess the whole story now? After all, it's a primitive story. A man had two enemie...
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Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.
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I left the fairy tales lying on the floor of the nursery, and I have not found any books so sensible...
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...but this is the real objection to that torrent of modern talk about treating crime as disease, ab...
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The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul...
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Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.
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Tradition does not mean a dead town; it does not mean that the living are dead but that the dead are...
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A man treats his own faults as original sin and supposes them scattered everywhere with the seed of ...
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There nearly always is a method in madness.
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Try to grow straight, and life will bend you.
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The vulgar modern argument used against religion, and lately against common decency, would be absolu...
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[T]he most comic things of all are exactly the things most worth doing--such as making love.
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Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educat...
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That young man with the long, auburn hair and the impudent face - that young man was not really a po...
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No man should leave in the universe anything of which he is afraid.
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There again," said Syme irritably, "what is there poetical about being in revolt? You might as well ...
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Oh, most unhappy man,' he cried, 'try to be happy! You have red hair like your sister.'
My red ...
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What are we going to do?" asked the Professor.
"At this moment," said Syme, with a scientific d...
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I seem to remember only centuries of heroic war, in which you were always heroes--epic on epic, Ilia...
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Thieves respect property; they merely wish the property to become their property that they may more ...
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If you'd take your head home and boil it for a turnip it might be useful. I can't say. But it might.
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The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally t...
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Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable. Never drink when you are wretched ...
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If it's worth doing, it's worth doing badly. (on not perfectionism to put things off) .
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I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and do...
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How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win.
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Reason is itself a matter of faith. It is an act of faith to assert that our thoughts have any relat...
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Do not be so open-minded that your brains fall out.
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The woman does not work because the man tells her to work and she obeys. On the contrary, the woman ...
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That is the one eternal education: to be sure enough that something is true that you dare to tell it...
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The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder.
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When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are ...
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The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man.
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All the towering materialism which dominates the modern mind rests ultimately upon one assumption; a...
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..."vers libre," (free verse) or nine-tenths of it, is not a new metre any more than sleeping in a d...
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To complain that I could only be married once was like complaining that I had only been born once.
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The paradise of my fancy is one where pigs have wings
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Men invent new ideals because they dare not attempt old ideals. They look forward with enthusiasm, b...
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The poet only asks to get his head into the heavens. It is the logician who seeks to get the heavens...
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A man's minor actions and arrangements ought to be free, flexible, creative; the things that should ...
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There is a limit to human charity," said Lady Outram, trembling all over.

"There is," sai...
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There is something sinister about putting a leprechaun in a workhouse. The only solid comfort is tha...
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Man may behold what ugliness he likes if he is sure that he will not worship it; but there are some ...
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