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       G.K. Chesterton
       1874-1936
      
       Gilbert Keith Chesterton was one of the most influential English writers of the 20th century. His prolific and diverse output included journalism, philosophy, poetry, biography, Christian apologetics, fantasy and detective fiction.
      
       Chesterton has been called the "prince of paradox". Time magazine, in a review of a biography of Chesterton, observed of his writing style: "Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories—first carefully turning them inside out.


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People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.

    Topics: Adversity, Quarreling

A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things.

    Topics: Anger, Righteousness

Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.

    Topics: Animals, Freedom

A man who says that no patriot should attack the war until it is over is saying no good son should warn his mother of a cliff until she has fallen.

    Topics: Apathy, War, Patriotism

I was planning to go into architecture. But when I arrived, architecture was filled up. Acting was right next to it, so I signed up for acting instead.

    Topics: Apathy

If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.

    Topics: Apathy

The fatal metaphor of progress, which means leaving things behind us, has utterly obscured the real idea of growth, which means leaving things inside us.

    Topics: Apathy, Growth

If I did not believe in God, I should still want my doctor, my lawyer and my banker to do so."

    Topics: Atheism

If there were no God, there would be no atheists.

    Topics: Atheism

A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.

    Topics: Books

A room without books is like a body without a soul.

    Topics: Books

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.

    Topics: Books

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