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Journeys
Engrave this Quote An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.
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Justice
Engrave this Quote Our civilization has decided that determining the guilt or innocence of men is a thing too important to be trusted to trained men. When it wants a library catalogued, or the solar system discovered, or any trifle of that kind, it uses up its specialists. But when it wishes anything done which is really serious, it collects twelve of the ordinary men standing round. The same thing was done, if I remember right, by the Founder of Christianity.
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Knowledge
Engrave this Quote One may understand the Cosmos, but never the ego; the self is more distant than any star.
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Engrave this Quote The world will never starve for want of wonders, but for want of wonder.
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Language
Engrave this Quote Man knows that there are in the soul tints more bewildering, more numberless, and more nameless that the colors of an autumn forest....Yet he seriously believes that these things can every one of them , in all their tones and semi-tones, in all their blends and unions, be accurately represented by an arbitrary system of grunts and squeals. He believes that an ordinary civilized stockbroker can really produce out of his own inside noises which denote all the mysteries of memory and all the agonies of desire.
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Engrave this Quote All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.
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Life
Engrave this Quote But there is good news yet to hear and fine things to be seen before we go to Paradise by way of Kensal Green.
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Engrave this Quote When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.
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Love
Engrave this Quote Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all.
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Engrave this Quote The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.
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Manners
Engrave this Quote We are justified in enforcing good morals, for they belong to all mankind; but we are not justified in enforcing good manners, for good manners always mean our own manners.
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Marriage
Engrave this Quote Marriage is an adventure, like going to war.
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Engrave this Quote Variability is one of the virtues of a woman. It avoids the crude requirement of polygamy. So long as you have one good wife you are sure to have a spiritual harem.
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Media
Engrave this Quote Journalism is popular, but it is popular mainly as fiction. Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers is another.
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-G. K. Chesterton, "On the Cryptic and the Elliptic", 1908
Men
Engrave this Quote Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers. In the perfect stranger we perceive man himself; the image of a God is not disguised by resemblances to an uncle or doubts of wisdom of a mustache.
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Military, the
Engrave this Quote Soldiers have many faults, but they have one redeeming merit; they are never worshippers of force. Soldiers more than any other men are taught severely and systematically that might is not right. The fact is obvious. The might is in the hundred men who obey. The right (or what is held to be right) is in the one man who commands them.
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Museums, Galleries
Engrave this Quote The Museum is not meant either for the wanderer to see by accident or for the pilgrim to see with awe. It is meant for the mere slave of a routine of self-education to stuff himself with every sort of incongruous intellectual food in one indigestible meal.
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Neighbors
Engrave this Quote We make our friends; we make our enemies; but God makes our next door neighbor.
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Engrave this Quote Your next-door neighbor is not a man; he is an environment. He is the barking of a dog; he is the noise of a piano; he is a dispute about a party wall; he is drains that are worse than yours, or roses that are better than yours.
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Neutrality
Engrave this Quote What people call impartiality may simply mean indifference, and what people call partiality may simply mean mental activity.
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Oppression
Engrave this Quote They have given us into the hand of new unhappy lords. Lords without anger and honor, who dare not carry their swords. They fight by shuffling papers; they have bright dead alien eyes; They look at our labor and laughter as a tired man looks at flies.
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Ordinary
Engrave this Quote Nothing is poetical if plain daylight is not poetical; and no monster should amaze us if the normal man does not amaze.
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Patriotism
Engrave this Quote My country wrong or right, is like saying my mother, drunk or sober.
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Engrave this Quote 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.
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People
Engrave this Quote But we are the people of England; and we have not spoken yet. Smile at us, pay us, pass us. But do not quite forget.
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