In the end it will not matter to us whether we fought with flails or reeds. It will matter to us greatly on what side we fought.
Gilbert Chesterton (1874 - 1936)
Contributed by: Zaady
The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.
The trouble with Christianity is, not that its failed, but that it's never been tried . . . not that it can't remake the world, but that it's difficult.
A good civilization spreads over us like a tree, varying and yielding because it is alive. A bad civilization stands up and sticks out above us like an umbrella - artificial, mathematical in shape; not merely universal, but uniform.
Brave men are all vertebrates; they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle.
Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.
Courage is the strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.
Criticism is only words about words, and of what use are words about such words as these?
No animal ever invented anything so bad as drunkeness - or so good as drink.
Americans are a very backward people, with all the real virtues of a backward people; the patriarchal simplicity and human dignity of a democracy, and a respect for labor uncorrupted by cynicism.
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