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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So far as a man may be proud of a religion rooted in humility, I am very proud of my religion; I am especially proud of those parts of it that are most commonly called superstition. I am proud of being fettered by antiquated dogmas and enslaved by dead creeds (as my journalistic friends repeat with so much pertinacity), for I know very well that it is the heretical creeds that are dead, and that it is only the reasonable dogma that lives long enough to be called antiquated.

G.K. Chesterton

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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 the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.

G.K. Chesterton

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Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance.

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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