"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."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Gilbert K. Chesterton on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Gilbert K. Chesterton on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Gilbert K. Chesterton on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Gilbert K. Chesterton on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Gilbert K. Chesterton on Joseph Stalin
"Once I planned to write a book of poems entirely about the things in my pocket. But I found it would be too long and the age of the great epics is past."
"All conservatism is based upon the idea that if you leave things alone you leave them as they are. But you do not. If you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change."
"Man does not live by soap alone and hygiene, or even health, is not much good unless you can take a healthy view of it or, better still, feel a healthy indifference to it."
"There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds."
"All architecture is great architecture after sunset perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks."
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