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Artistic temperament is the disease that afflicts amateurs.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Temperament]

 

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Being ''contented'' ought to mean in English, as it does in French, being pleased. Being content with an attic ought not to mean being unable to move from it and resigned to living in it; it ought to mean appreciating all there is in such a position.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Contentment]

 

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Boyhood is a most complex and incomprehensible thing. Even when one has been through it, one does not understand what it was. A man can never quite understand a boy, even when he has been the boy.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Boys]

 

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Brave men are all vertebrates; they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Courage]

 

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Buddhism is not a creed, it is a doubt.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Buddhism]

 

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But there is good news yet to hear and fine things to be seen before we go to Paradise by way of Kensal Green.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Life and Death]

 

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But we are the people of England; and we have not spoken yet. Smile at us, pay us, pass us. But do not quite forget.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [People]

 

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Chastity does not mean abstention from sexual wrong; it means something flaming, like Joan of Arc.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Chastity]

 

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Compromise used to mean that half a loaf was better than no bread. Among modern statesmen it really seems to mean that half a loaf ;is better than a whole loaf.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Compromise]

 

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Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Courage]

 

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Courage is getting away from death by continually coming within an inch of it.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Courage]

 

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Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Democracy]

 

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Do not free the camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Adversity]

 

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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.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Education]

 

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Evil comes at leisure like the disease. Good comes in a hurry like the doctor.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Good and Evil]

 

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Experience which was once claimed by the aged is now claimed exclusively by the young.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Experience]

 

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Fable is more historical than fact, because fact tells us about one man and fable tells us about a million men.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [History and Historians]

 

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Facts as facts do not always create a spirit of reality, because reality is a spirit.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Reality]

 

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Half a truth is better than no politics.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Politicians and Politics]

 

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Happiness is a mystery, like religion, and should never be rationalized.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Happiness]

 

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