Saturday, 30 July 2011

Gems From Chesterton

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■“There are those who hate Christianity and call their hatred an all-embracing love for all religions.”

■“Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable.”

■“The truth is, of course, that the curtness of the Ten Commandments is an evidence, not of the gloom and narrowness of a religion, but, on the contrary, of its liberality and humanity. It is shorter to state the things forbidden than the things permitted: precisely because most things are permitted, and only a few things are forbidden.”

■“Great truths can only be forgotten and can never be falsified.”

■“All science, even the divine science, is a sublime detective story. Only it is not set to detect why a man is dead; but the darker secret of why he is alive.”

■“What we call emancipation is always and of necessity simply the free choice of the soul between one set of limitations and another.”

■“The decay of society is praised by artists as the decay of a corpse is praised by worms.”

■“Religious liberty might be supposed to mean that everybody is free to discuss religion. In practice it means that hardly anybody is allowed to mention it.”

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