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Chesterton, Gilbert K.
A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.
1925 - from
The reformer is always right about what is wrong. He is generally wrong about what is right.
Oct. 28, 1922 - from a column in the
Illustrated London News
We must all hang together, or, assuredly, we shall all hang separately.
Jun. 4, 1776 - remark to John Hancock upon signing the American Declaration of Independence
The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds.
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it always to be kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere.
1787 - from a letter to Abigail Adams
The intelligent conservative combines a disposition to preserve with an ability to reform.
The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Conservatism
He who desires or attempts to reform the government of a state... must at least retain the semblance of the old forms, so that it may seem to the people that there has been no change in the institutions, even though they are in fact entirely different from the old ones.
Every aspect of Western culture needs a new code of ethics - a rational ethics - as a precondition of rebirth.