Saturday, February 24, 2007

The Inimitable Chesterton

"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."

"Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere."

"By a curious confusion, many modern critics have passed from the proposition that a masterpiece may be unpopular to the other proposition that unless it is unpopular it cannot be a masterpiece."

"Don't ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up."

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

"If there were no God, there would be no Atheists."

"Man seems to be capable of great virtues but not of small virtues; capable of defying his torturer but not of keeping his temper."

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

"To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it."

"You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it."

"The men who really believe in themselves are all in lunatic asylums."

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