More Witty Quotes On mindfulness, God, and Enlightenment
QUIPS FROM G.K. CHESTERTON
(Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936)
Mysticism is a transcendental form of common sense.
Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.
There are two ways of getting home, and one of them is to stay there.
Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.
From time to time, as we all know, a sect appears in our midst announcing that the world will very soon come to an end. Generally, by some slight confusion or miscalculation, it is the sect that comes to an end.
Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance.
The act of defending any of the cardinal virtues has today all the exhilaration of a vice.
It is ludicrous to suppose that the more skeptical we are the more we see good in everything. It is clear that the more we are certain what good is, the more we shall see good in everything.
No skeptical philosopher can ask any questions that may not equally be asked by a tired child on a hot afternoon.
It is assumed that the skeptic has no bias; whereas he has a very obvious bias in favor of skepticism.
Pride consists of a man making his personality the only test, instead of making truth the test. The skeptic feels too large to measure life by the largest things; and ends by measuring it by the smallest thing of all.
If there were no God, there would be no atheists.
A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.
Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.
When learned men begin to use their reason, then I generally discover that they haven’t got any.
[On so many rich men:] To be smart enough to get all that money you must be dull enough to want it.
He is a [sane] man who can have tragedy in his heart and comedy in his head.
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 that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around.
A detective story generally describes six living men discussing how it is that a man is dead. A modern philosophic story generally describes six dead men discussing how any man can possibly be alive.
The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.
The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man.
It’s not that we don’t have enough scoundrels to curse; it’s that we don’t have enough good men to curse them.
The whole truth is generally the ally of virtue; a half-truth is always the ally of some vice.
It is not bigotry to be certain we are right, but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong.
There’d be a lot less scandal if people didn’t idealize sin and pose as sinners.
There are some desires that are not desirable.
The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.