G. K. Chesterton
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An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.

It is not funny that anything else should fall down; only that a man should fall down. Why do we laugh? Because it is a gravely religious matter: it is the Fall of Man. Only man can be absurd: for only man can be dignified.

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

The perplexity of life arises from there being too many interesting things in it for us to be interested properly in any of them.

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.

Cruelty is, perhaps, the worst kind of sin. Intellectual cruelty is certainly the worst kind of cruelty.

One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self is more distant than any star.



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