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G.K. Chesterton Quotes

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To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.

    Topics: Good and Evil

'My country, right or wrong' is a thing no patriot would ever think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying 'My mother, drunk or sober.'

    Topics: Good and Evil, Patriotism

The word "good" has many meanings. For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of five hundred yards, I should call him a good shot, but not necessarily a good man.

    Topics: Good and Evil

The only defensible war is a war of defense.

    Topics: Government, War

Customs are generally unselfish. Habits are nearly always selfish.

    Topics: Habits

Happiness is a mystery, like religion, and should never be rationalised.

    Topics: Happiness

Happy is he who still loves something he loved in the nursery: He has not been broken in two by time; he is not two men, but one, and he has saved not only his soul but his life.

    Topics: Happiness, Love, Brokenness

It is as healthy to enjoy sentiment as to enjoy jam.

    Topics: Health

Man does not live by soap alone; and hygiene, or even health, is not much good unless you can take a healthy view of it or, better still, feel a healthy indifference to it.

    Topics: Health

The trouble with always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do without destroying the health of the mind.

    Topics: Health

Hell is God's great compliment to the reality of human freedom and the dignity of human choice.

    Topics: Hell

People who make history know nothing about history. You can see that in the sort of history they make.

    Topics: History

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