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On Mending and Ending Things by G. K. Chesterton

Originally Published in the Illustrated London News, December 23, 1905 A certain politician (whom I would not discuss here on any account) once said of a certain institution (which wild horses shall not induce me to name) that “It must … Continue reading

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Social Reform versus Birth Control by G.K. Chesterton

The real history of the world is full of the queerest cases of notions that have turned clean head-over-heels and completely contradicted themselves. The last example is an extraordinary notion that what is called Birth Control is a social reform … Continue reading

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The Equality of Sexlessness by G. K. Chesterton

–From GK’s Weekly, July 26, 1930 In almost all the modern opinions of women it is curious to observe how many lies have to be assumed before a case can be made. A young lady flies from England to Australia; … Continue reading

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On American Morals by G.K. Chesterton

 America is sometimes offered to us, even by Americans (who ought to know better), as a moral example. There are indeed very real American virtues; but this virtuous attitude is hardly one of them. Originally posted 2011-12-25 19:29:07. Republished by … Continue reading

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Two Kinds of Paradox by G.K. Chesterton

There is nothing that needs more fastidious care than our choice of nonsense. Sense is like daylight or daily air, and may come from any quarter or in any quantity. But nonsense is an art. Like an art, it is … Continue reading

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Philosophy for the Schoolroom by G.K. Chesterton

Daily News, June 22, 1907 (quoted in Maycock, pp. 91-93) What modern people want to be made to understand is simply that all argument begins with an assumption; that is, with something that you do not doubt. You can, of course, … Continue reading

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Negative and Positive Morality by G. K. Chesterton

A vast amount of nonsense is talked against negative and destructive things. The silliest sort of progressive complains of negative morality, and compares it unfavorably with positive morality. The silliest sort of conservative complains of destructive reform and compares it … Continue reading

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Asparagus by G. K. Chesterton- A Discourse on Politics

At about twenty-one minutes past two today I suddenly saw that asparagus is the secret of aristocracy. I was trying to put long limp stalks into my mouth, when the idea came into my head; and the stalk failed to … Continue reading

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The Fallacy of Success by G. K. Chesterton

Excerpted from ALL THINGS CONSIDERED by G. K. Chesterton, from an edition by John Lane Company, New York, 1909.   There has appeared in our time a particular class of books and articles which I sincerely and solemnly think may be called … Continue reading

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Government and the Rights of Man G. K. Chesterton

Originally Published in the Illustrated London News, July 30, 1921 I could never see why a man who is not free to open his mouth to drink should be free to open it to talk. Talking does far more direct … Continue reading

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