Chesterton, Gilbert Keith

  • Tradition may be defined as an extension of the franchise. 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 the arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.” Orthodoxy.
  • “‘My country, right or wrong’ is a thing that no patriot would think of saying, except in a desperate case. It is like saying ‘My mother, drunk or sober’.” The Defendant
  • “The test of good religion is whether or not you can joke about it.”
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