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“The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder.”
G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles
“Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon.”
G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles
“He is a [sane] man who can have tragedy in his heart and comedy in his head.”
G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles
“Fairy tales, then, are not responsible for producing in children fear, or any of the shapes of fear; fairy tales do not give the child the idea of the evil or the ugly; that is in the child already, because it is in the world already. Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon.

Exactly what the fairy tale does is this: it accustoms him for a series of clear pictures to the idea that these limitless terrors had a limit, that these shapeless enemies have enemies in the knights of God, that there is something in the universe more mystical than darkness, and stronger than strong fear.”
G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles
“You cannot grow a beard in a moment of passion.”
G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles
“Once I planned to write a book of poems entirely about the things in my pockets. But I found it would be too long; and the age of the great epics is past”
G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles
“Our civilization has decided, and very justly decided, that determining the guilt or innocence of men is a thing too important to be trusted to trained men. It wishes for light upon that awful matter, it asks men who know no more law than I know, but who can feel the thing that I felt in that jury box. 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.”
G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles
“[T]he horrible thing about all legal officials, even the best, about all judges, magistrates, barristers, detectives, and policeman, is not that they are wicked (some of them are good), not that they are stupid (several of them are quite intelligent), it is simply that they have got used to it. Strictly they do not see the prisoner in the dock; all they see is the usual man in the usual place. They do not see the awful court of judgment; they only see their own workshop.”
G.K. Chesterton, On Tremendous Trifles
“My best friends are all either bottomless skeptics or quite uncontrollable believers . . . .”
G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles
“To hurry through one’s leisure is the most unbusiness-like of actions.”
G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles
“For my friend said that he opened his intellect as the sun opens the fans of a palm tree, opening for opening's sake, opening infinitely for ever. But I said that I opened my intellect as I opened my mouth, in order to shut it again on something solid. I was doing it at the moment. And as I truly pointed out, it would look uncommonly silly if I went on opening my mouth infinitely, for ever and ever.”
G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles
“I have my doubts about all this real value in mountaineering, in getting to the top of everything and overlooking everything. Satan was the most celebrated of Alpine guides, when he took Jesus to the top of an exceeding high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the earth. But the joy of Satan in standing on a peak is not a joy in largeness, but a joy in beholding smallness, in the fact that all men look like insects at his feet. It is from the valley that things look large; it is from the level that things look high; I am a child of the level and have no need of that celebrated Alpine guide. I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from whence cometh my help; but I will not lift up my carcass to the hills, unless it is absolutely necessary. Everything is in an attitude of mind; and at this moment I am in a comfortable attitude. I will sit still and let the marvels and the adventures settle on me like flies. There are plenty of them, I assure you. The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder.”
G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles
“The more a man looks at a thing, the less he can see it, and the more a man learns a thing, the less he knows it.”
G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles
“I feel grateful for the slight sprain which has introduced this mysterious and fascinating division between one of my feet and the other. The way to love anything is to realise that it might be lost. In one of my feet I can feel how strong and splendid a foot is; in the other I can realise how very much otherwise it might have been. The moral of the thing is wholly exhilarating. This world and all our powers in it are far more awful and beautiful than even we know until some accident reminds us. If you wish to perceive that limitless felicity, limit yourself if only for a moment. If you wish to realise how fearfully and wonderfully God's image is made, stand on one leg. If you want to realise the splendid vision of all visible things-- wink the other eye.”
G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles
“. . . . metaphysics is the only thoroughly emotional thing.”
G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles
“Of a sane man there is only one safe definition. He is the man who can have tragedy in his heart and comedy in his head.”
G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles
“There are some refusals which, though they may be done what is called conscientiously, yet carry so much of their whole horror in the very act of them, that a man must in doing them not only harden but slightly corrupt his heart. One of them was the refusal of milk to young mothers when their husbands were in the field against us. Another is the refusal of fairy tales to children.”
G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles
“The perplexity of life arises from their being too many interesting things in it for us to be interested properly in any of them; what we call it's triviality is really the tag-ends of numberless tales; ordinary and unmeaning existence is like ten thousand thrilling detective stories mixed up with a spoon.”
G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles
“I believe in preaching to the converted; for I have generally found that the converted do not understand their own religion.”
G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles
“Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a coloured pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.”
G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles
“I should like men to have strong and rooted conceptions, but as for their lunch, let them have it sometimes in the garden, sometimes in bed, sometimes on the roof, sometimes in the top of a tree.”
G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles
“People always brag about their vices; it is when they begin to brag about their virtues that they become insufferable.”
G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles
“German soldiers look as if they despised you, but French soldiers as if they despised you and themselves even more that you.”
G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles
“Being a nation means standing up to your equals, whereas being an empire only means kicking your inferiors.”
G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles
“Americans... are the most idealistic people in the whole world. Their only danger is that the idealist can easily become the idolator.”
G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles
“How did people come to chant rude poems while pulling certain ropes or gathering certain fruit, and why did nobody do anything of the kind while producing any of the modern things? Why is a modern newspaper never printed by singing in chorus? Why do shopmen seldom, if ever, sing?

If reapers sing while reaping, why should not auditors sing while auditing and bankers while banking?”
G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles
“fairy tales do not give the child the idea of the evil or the ugly; that is in the child already, because it is in the world already. Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey.”
G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles
“I am sure that it was only because Michael Angelo was engaged in the ancient and honourable occupation of lying in bed that he ever realised how the roof of the Sistine Chapel might be made into an awful imitation of a divine drama that could only be acted in the heavens.”
G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles
“I can imagine no more successful and productive form of manufacture than that of making mountains out of molehills.”
G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles

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