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G.K. Chesterton Quotes

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The simplification of anything is always sensational.

    Topics: Reasoning

There is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect.

    Topics: Reasoning, Greed, The Heart

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.

    Topics: Reasoning, America

Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around.

    Topics: Reasoning

We call a man a bigot or a slave of dogma because he is a thinker who has thought thoroughly and to a definite end.

    Topics: Reasoning

What people call impartiality may simply mean indifference, and what people call partiality may simply mean mental activity.

    Topics: Reasoning

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.

    Topics: Reasoning

...but out of the desert, from the dry places and the dreadful suns, come the cruel children of the lonely God; the real Unitarians who with scimitar in hand have laid waste the world. For it is not well for God to be alone.

    Topics: Religion

Buddhism is not a creed, it is a doubt.

    Topics: Religion, Doubt

It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it.

    Topics: Religion

Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.

    Topics: Religion

Ritual will always mean throwing away something: destroying our corn or wine upon the altar of our gods.

    Topics: Religion

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