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Man seems to be capable of great virtues but not of small virtues; capable of defying his torturer but not of keeping his temper.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Virtue]

 

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The chief assertion of religious morality is that white is a color. Virtue is not the absence of vices or the avoidance of moral dangers; virtue is a vivid and separate thing, like pain or a particular smell.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Virtue]

 

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The average man votes below himself; he votes with half a mind or a hundredth part of one. A man ought to vote with the whole of himself, as he worships or gets married. A man ought to vote with his head and heart, his soul and stomach, his eye for faces and his ear for music; also (when sufficiently provoked) with his hands and feet. If he has ever seen a fine sunset, the crimson color of it should creep into his vote. The question is not so much whether only a minority of the electorate votes. The point is that only a minority of the voter votes.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Voting]

 

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The vulgar man is always the most distinguished, for the very desire to be distinguished is vulgar.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Vulgarity]

 

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''My country, right or wrong'' is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying ''My mother, drunk or sober.''
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Patriotism]

 

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My country wrong or right, is like saying my mother, drunk or sober.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Patriotism]

 

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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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If the barricades went up in our streets and the poor became masters, I think the priests would escape, I fear the gentlemen would; but I believe the gutters would simply be running with the blood of philanthropists.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Philanthropists]

 

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A new philosophy generally means in practice the praise of some old vice.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Philosophers and Philosophy]

 

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The most dangerous criminal now is the entirely lawless modern philosopher. Compared to him, burglars and bigamists are essentially moral men.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Philosophers and Philosophy]

 

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The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Plays]

 

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

 

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The honest poor can sometimes forget poverty. The honest rich can never forget it.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Poverty and The Poor]

 

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If I had only one sermon to preach it would be a sermon against pride.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Pride]

 

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It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see the problem.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Problems]

 

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New roads; new ruts.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Progress]

 

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Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Property]

 

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In matters of truth the fact that you don't want to publish something is, nine times out of ten, a proof that you ought to publish it.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Publishing and Publishers]

 

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A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton - [Puritans]

 

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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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