G.K. Chesterton

I doubt if anyone of any tenderness or imagination can see the hand of a child and not be a little frightened of it. It is awful to think of the essential human energy moving so tiny a thing; it is like imagining that human nature could live in the wing of a butterfly or the leaf of a tree. When we look upon lives so human and yet so small, we feel the same kind of obligation to these creatures that [God] might feel.

G.K. Chesterton, In Defense of Baby Worship from The Defendant 1903

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Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly.

G. K. Chesterton

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He is a sane man who can have tragedy in his heart and comedy in his head.

G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles

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

G.K. Chesterton, Everlasting Man

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It’s not that we don’t have enough scoundrels to curse; it’s that we don’t have enough good men to curse them.

G.K. Chesterton

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Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.

G. K. Chesterton

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Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.

G.K. Chesterton

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The modern mind will accept nothing on authority, but will accept anything on no authority. Say that the Bible or the Pope says so and it will be dismissed without further examination. But preface your remark with “I think I heard somewhere,” or, try but fail to remember the name of some professor who might have said “such-and-such,” and it will be immediately accepted as an unshakable fact.

G. K. Chesterton

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Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable.

G.K. Chesterton

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Truth is stranger than fiction because we create fiction to suit our fancy.

G. K. Chesterton

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