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Quotes of the Day for 29 May 2001 – G. K. Chesterton

I like finding that a prolific source of quotes had a birthday on any given date, I don't have to think much about a theme. Today there are two, British author G. K. (Gilbert Keith) Chesterton (born this day in 1873) and U.S. president John F. Kennedy (1917). I flipped a coin: today's quotes are from Chesterton. Chesterton wrote for at least 125 different publications and wrote 75 books during his career, this is the tiniest taste.

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The quotes:

It is the test of a good religion whether you can make a joke about it.

When [a politician] is in opposition, he is an expert on the means to some end; and when he is in office he is an expert on the obstacles to it. In short, when he is impotent he proves to us that the thing is easy; and when he is omnipotent he proves that it is impossible.

There is no such thing as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person.

The golden age only comes to men when they have forgotten gold.

Children are innocent and love justice, while most adults are wicked and prefer mercy

Brave men are all vertebrates; they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle.
     - Today's qutoes are all from G. K. Chesterton, 1874 - 1936

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