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Gilbert Keith Chesterton

1874-1936. British journalist, scholar, novelist and short-story writer, and poet.

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Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.

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The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.

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To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.

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How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win.

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The madman is not the man who has lost his reason. He is the man who has lost everything except his reason.

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Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes -- our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking around.

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I believe in getting into hot water. I think it keeps you clean.

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Marriage is an adventure, like going to war.

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There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great.

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You cannot love a thing without wanting to fight for it.

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