Magnificent Monday Quotes – G. K. Chesterton Edition

Chesterton is one of those authors that Conservatives are supposed to have read. I have not. I want to, I just haven’t gotten around to it. Anyway, here are some thought provoking quotes from G. K.

“‘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.'”

“The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.”

“Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.”

“Journalism largely consists of saying ‘Lord Jones is Dead’ to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.”

“There are no wise few. Every aristocracy that has ever existed has behaved, in all essential points, exactly like a small mob.”

“Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.”

“A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching.”

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

“Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.”

“Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.”

“Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all.”

“I believe what really happens in history is this: the old man is always wrong; and the young people are always wrong about what is wrong with him. The practical form it takes is this: that, while the old man may stand by some stupid custom, the young man always attacks it with some theory that turns out to be equally stupid.”

“The free man owns himself. He can damage himself with either eating or drinking; he can ruin himself with gambling. If he does he is certainly a damn fool, and he might possibly be a damned soul; but if he may not, he is not a free man any more than a dog.”

“Reason is always a kind of brute force; those who appeal to the head rather than the heart, however pallid and polite, are necessarily men of violence. We speak of ‘touching’ a man’s heart, but we can do nothing to his head but hit it.”

This one is for “C” – “Comforts that were rare among our forefathers are now multiplied in factories and handed out wholesale; and indeed, nobody nowadays, so long as he is content to go without air, space, quiet, decency and good manners, need be without anything whatever that he wants; or at least a reasonably cheap imitation of it.”

“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”

“The truth is, of course, that the curtness of the Ten Commandments is an evidence, not of the gloom and narrowness of a religion, but, on the contrary, of its liberality and humanity. It is shorter to state the things forbidden than the things permitted: precisely because most things are permitted, and only a few things are forbidden.”

“Women are the only realists; their whole object in life is to pit their realism against the extravagant, excessive, and occasionally drunken idealism of men.”

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