"In order that the mind may not be taxed, moreover, by the manifold and confused reading of so many such things, and in order to prevent the escape of something valuable that we have read, heard, or discovered through the process of thinking itself, it will be found very useful to entrust to notebooks ... those things which seem noteworthy and striking."

[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]

"If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly."

[Work: G.K. Chesterton, What's Wrong with the World]

Posted by Jonathan Schindler on 08.17.2009

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"There are no words to express the abyss between isolation and having one ally. It may be conceded to the mathematicians that four is twice two. But two is not twice one; two is two thousand times one. That is why, in spite of a hundred disadvantages, the world will always return to monogamy."

[Companionship: G.K. Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday]

Posted by Jonathan Schindler on 06.25.2009

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"An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered."

[Adventure: G.K. Chesterton, All Things Considered]

Posted by Jonathan Schindler on 06.16.2009

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"But Christianity preaches an obviously unattractive idea, such as original sin; but when we wait for its results, they are pathos and brotherhood, and a thunder of laughter and pity; for only with original sin we can at once pity the beggar and distrust the king."

[Original sin: G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy]

Posted by Jonathan Schindler on 06.09.2009

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"And the more I considered Christianity, the more I found that while it had established a rule and order, the chief aim of that order was to give room for good things to run wild."

[Christianity: G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy]

Posted by Jonathan Schindler on 06.09.2009

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"And the weakness of all Utopias is this, that they take the greatest difficulty of man and assume it to be overcome, and then give an elaborate account of the overcoming of the smaller ones. They first assume that no man will want more than his share, and then are very ingenious in explaining whether his share will be delivered by motor-car or balloon."

[Utopias: G.K. Chesterton, Heretics]

Posted by Jonathan Schindler on 06.09.2009

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"The dipsomaniac and the abstainer are not only both mistaken, but they both make the same mistake. They both regard wine as a drug and not as a drink."

[alcohol: G.K. Chesterton, Everyday Drinking]

Posted by stronzo on 08.05.2008

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