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Quotations From GILBERT KEITH CHESTERTON

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  • 71.
    Youth is the period in which a man can be hopeless. The end of every episode is the end of the world. But the power of hoping through everything, the knowledge that the soul survives its adventures, that great inspiration comes to the middle-aged.
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "The Boyhood of Dickens," Charles Dickens (1906).

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  • 72.
    True contentment is a thing as active as agriculture. It is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it. It is arduous and it is rare.
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "The Contented Man," A Miscellany of Men (1912).

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  • 73.
    "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 Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. The Defendant, "Defence of Patriotism," (1901). See Decatur.

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  • 74.
    All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. The Defendant, "A Defence of Slang," (1901).

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  • 75.
    What people call impartiality may simply mean indifference, and what people call partiality may simply mean mental activity.
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "The Error of Impartiality," All Things Considered (1908).

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