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Here are a few random quotes from G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)... 

"Reason is itself a matter of faith.  It is an act of faith to assert that our thoughts have any relation to reality at all."

“The main point of Christianity was this: that Nature is not our mother: Nature is our sister.” 

“If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.” 

“Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable.” 

“If you happen to read fairy tales, you will observe that one idea runs from one end of them to the other--the idea that peace and happiness can only exist on some condition. This idea, which is the core of ethics, is the core of the nursery-tales.” 

“The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.” 

“If seeds in the black earth can turn into such beautiful roses, what might not the heart of man become in its long journey toward the stars?” 

“Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.” 

“We should always endeavor to wonder at the permanent thing, not at the mere exception. We should be startled by the sun, and not by the eclipse. We should wonder less at the earthquake, and wonder more at the earth.” 

“The most incredible thing about miracles is that they happen.” 

“I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles.” 

“There are two ways of getting home; and one of them is to stay there.” 

“The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man.” 

“When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then become capable of believing in anything.” 

“The first two facts which a healthy boy or girl feels about sex are these: first that it is beautiful and then that it is dangerous.” 

“Journalism largely consists in saying "Lord Jones is dead" to people who never knew Lord Jones was alive.” 

“Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home.” 


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