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Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.
– Gilbert K. Chesterton
Cruelty is, perhaps, the worst kid of sin. Intellectual cruelty is certainly the worst kind of cruelty.
To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.
And they that rule in England, in stately conclaves met, alas, alas for England they have no graves as yet.
The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.
The trouble with always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do without destroying the health of the mind.
Fable is more historical than fact, because fact tells us about one man and fable tells us about a million men.
The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.
Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.
The cosmos is about the smallest hole that a man can hide his head in.
The fatal metaphor of progress, which means leaving things behind us, has utterly obscured the real idea of growth, which means leaving things inside us.
The word ‘good’ has many meanings. For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of five hundred yards, I should call him a good shot, but not necessarily a good man.
If you do not understand a man you cannot crush him. And if you do understand him, very probably you will not.
Compromise used to mean that half a loaf was better than no bread. Among modern statesmen it really seems to mean that half a loaf; is better than a whole loaf.
Let a man walk ten miles steadily on a hot summer’s day along a dusty English road, and he will soon discover why beer was invented.
An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.
The only defensible war is a war of defense.
Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.
If I can put one touch of rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God.
The perplexity of life arises from there being too many interesting things in it for us to be interested properly in any of them.
The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it.
The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.
Coincidences are spiritual puns.
The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground.
Education is the period during which you are being instructed by somebody you do not know, about something you do not want to know.
The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all.
A yawn is a silent shout.
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.
The aim of life is appreciation; there is no sense in not appreciating things; and there is no sense in having more of them if you have less appreciation of them.
Man does not live by soap alone; and hygiene, or even health, is not much good unless you can take a healthy view of it or, better still, feel a healthy indifference to it.