This continues some of the favorites I read last year from A Chesterton Calendar.

‘The Church is not a thing like the Athenaeum Club’, he cried.  ‘If the Athenaeum Club lost all its members, the Athenaeum Club would dissolve and cease to exist.  But when we belong to the Church we belong to something which is outside all of us: which is outside everything you talk about, outside the Cardinals and the Pope.  They belong to it, but it does not belong to them.  If we all fell dead suddenly, the Church would still somehow exist in God.’

Many clever men like you have trusted to civilization.  Many clever Balylonians, many clever Egyptians, many clever men at the end of Rome.  Can you tell me, in a world that is flagrant with the failures of civilization, what there is particularly immortal about yours?

There is more simplicity in the man who eats caviar on impulse than in the man who eats grape-nuts on principle.

When a man begins to think that the grass will not grow at night unless he lies awake to watch it, he generally ends either in an asylum or on the throne of an emperor.

The only way of catching a train I have ever discovered is to miss the train before.

Brave men are all vertebrates: they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle.

Pessimism says that life is so short that it gives nobody a chance; religion says that life is so short that it gives everybody his final chance.

What is the difference between Christ and Satan?  It is quite simple.  Christ descended into hell; Satan fell into it.  One of them wanted to go up and went down; the other wanted to go down and went up.

The end.

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