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Old Aug 10, '05, 1:45 pm
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Default G.K. Chesterton quotations

Chesterton fans: I'm not going to ask you to post your favorite quotes by G.K., because there are far too many to choose from. But what are some that come to mind?

Here's one I just read in The Catholic Church and Conversion:
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One mark distinguishes all the wild innovations and insurrections of modern intellecualism; one note is apparent in all the new and revolutionary religions that have recently swept the world; and that note is dullness. They are too simple to be true.
The trouble is knowing where to stop quoting him. The entire paragraph from which I took this quotation is golden!
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Old Aug 10, '05, 3:01 pm
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I'm terribly sorry, but I mistakenly cited the quotation above as being from The Catholic Church and Conversion, when really it is from Where All Roads Lead.

And if no one else is going to pitch in, here's on that really is from The Catholic Church...:
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It is impossible to be just to the Catholic Church. The moment men cease to pull against it they feel a tug towards it. The moment they cease to shout it down they begin to listen to it with pleasure. The moment they try to be fair to it they begin to be fond of it.
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Old Aug 11, '05, 12:04 am
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That's certainly a good one.

Here's a couple that I like. I won't say they're my favourites coz - well how could you have a favourite GKC quote...

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Men are men but man is a woman
Something of an enigmatic one that - but for me this is saying that next to God the Father all of creatoin is a woman. There is a feminin quality to all of creation - namely that is is a recepticle for God's grace. It is no accident that grace (and the theological virtues come to think of it) is a girls name.

Not word perfect this next one but something like:

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The morbid logician seeks to make everything lucid but ends up making everything mysterious. The mystic allows one thing to be mysterious and everything else becomes clear.
A comment contra reductionism
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Old Aug 11, '05, 7:31 am
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If you look at a thing nine hundred and ninety-nine times, you are perfectly safe. If you look at it a thousandth time, you are in frightful danger of seeing it for the first time.”

I also like Gabriel Syme, the poet of reason and order.
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Old Aug 11, '05, 8:43 am
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Goodness, where to start?

"A citizen can hardly distinguish between a tax and a fine, except that the fine is generally much lighter."

"Men do not differ much about what things they will call evil, but they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable."

"A new philosophy generally means in practice the praise of some old vice."

"It is not always wrong to go to the brink of the lowest promontory and look down on hell. It is when you look up at hell that a serious miscalculation has probably been made."

"Catholic doctrine and discipline may be walls; but they are the walls of a playground."

There are so many more, but I'll leave them to others to quote.
BTW, I never miss the weekly show on Chesterton on EWTN.
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Old Aug 11, '05, 9:37 am
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"When a man stops believing in God, he doesn't believe in nothing; he believes anything."
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Old Aug 11, '05, 1:52 pm
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I have pages and pages of G.K. Chesterton quotes saved on my computer, so I obviously can't post them all here.

A man’s friend likes him but leaves him as he is: his wife loves him and is always trying to turn him into somebody else... Love is not blind; that is the last thing that it is. Love is bound; and the more it is bound the less it is blind.—G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

We are always near the breaking-point when we care only for what is legal and nothing for what is lawful. Unless we have a moral principle about such delicate matters as marriage and murder, the whole world will become a welter of exceptions with no rules. There will be so many hard cases that everything will go soft. —G.K. Chesterton, “On What We Would Do with Two Million (If We Had It)”

I do not know anything about psycho-analysis, except that it demands a great deal more than the Confessional was always abused for demanding.—G.K. Chesterton, “On Psycho-analysis”

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"When a man stops believing in God, he doesn't believe in nothing; he believes anything."
Do you have a source for that? I always thought it was:
The danger when men cease to believe in God is not that they will believe in nothing but that they will believe anything.


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Old Aug 12, '05, 12:02 pm
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Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions
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Old Aug 13, '05, 1:41 am
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Goodness, where to start?



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Old Aug 13, '05, 7:38 am
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Antiaphordite:

Obviously that was not a quote by Chesterton. I did not put it in quotation marks.

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Old Aug 13, '05, 8:08 am
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I'm always finding new "favorites" - what a brilliant man.

"A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it."

"What embitters the world is not excess of criticism, but an absence of self-criticism."

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

Here are a lot more Chesterton quotes:
http://ic.net/~erasmus/RAZ27.HTM
http://www.chesterton.org/acs/quotes.htm
http://www.quotationspage.com/quotes/G._K._Chesterton/
http://home.att.net/~quotesabout/gkchesterton.html
http://www.workinghumor.com/quotes/gk_chesterton.shtml

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Old Aug 13, '05, 11:06 am
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From his August 29,1914 obituary for Pope Pius X, The Peasant Who became Pope, in the Illustrated London News:

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As has been pointed out, with subtle power and all proper delicacy, in numberless liberal and large-minded journals, the great and good priest now dead had all the prejudices of a peasant. He had a prejudice to the effect that the mystical word "Yes" should be distinguished from the equally unfathomable expression "No".
I should have liked to hear Chesterton explain the meaning of "is" to a certain ex-president.
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Old Aug 13, '05, 4:29 pm
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G.K. Chesterton's works can be found online here:

http://www.dur.ac.uk/martin.ward/gkc/books/
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Old Jan 26, '11, 9:22 pm
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Calling GKC, come in! He is the best poster anywhere on CAF to chime in on this thread! Somebody call GKC!
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