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 :: 1874-1936, British Author

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Silence is the unbearable repartee.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Silence]

 

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All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Slang]

 

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A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Speakers and Speaking]

 

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Women prefer to talk in twos, while men prefer to talk in threes.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Speakers and Speaking]

 

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Some men never feel small, but these are the few men who are.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Status]

 

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To be clever enough to get all the money, one must be stupid enough to want it.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Stupidity]

 

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The aim of life is appreciation; there is no sense in not appreciating things; and there is no sense in having more of them if you have less appreciation of them.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Taste]

 

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A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Teachers and Teaching]

 

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

 

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The man who throws a bomb is an artist, because he prefers a great moment to everything.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Terrorism]

 

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Once I planned to write a book of poems entirely about the things in my pocket. But I found it would be too long; and the age of the great epics is past.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Things and Little Things]

 

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How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Thoughts and Thinking]

 

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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 around.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Tradition]

 

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The only way of catching a train I have ever discovered is to miss the train before.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Trains]

 

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The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist see what he has come to see.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Travel and Tourism]

 

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The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Travel and Tourism]

 

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Truth must necessarily be stranger than fiction, for fiction is the creation of the human mind and therefore congenial to it.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Truth]

 

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You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Truth]

 

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If you do not understand a man you cannot crush him. And if you do understand him, very probably you will not.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Understanding]

 

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People in high life are hardened to the wants and distresses of mankind as surgeons are to their bodily pains.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Understanding]

 

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