Quotes of the Day for 29 May 2009 – Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born at London on this day in 1874. While he studied at University College and the Slade School of Art he had a period of depression and lack of faith, becoming fascinated with a Ouija board and diabolism. He also lost interest in visual art and began writing. He eventually returned to his Anglican roots and later converted to Roman Catholicism, adding significant Christian biographies to the 75 books and hundreds of essays, reviews, and short stories that he had written. His work appeared in at least 125 different publications, not counting appearing in just about every collection of quotes.
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The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.
All conservatism is based upon the idea that if you leave things alone you leave them as they are. But you do not. If you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change.
Any one of the strange laws we suffer is a compromise between a fad and a vested interest.
Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance.
The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected.
Misers get up early in the morning; and burglars, I am informed, get up the night before.
All from Gilbert Keith Chesterton, 1874 - 1936
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