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By Gilbert K. Chesterton

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   1: Introductory Remarks on the Importance of Orthodoxy - Nothing more strangely indicates an enormous and silent evil of modern society than the extraordinary use which is made nowadays of the word "orthodox
   2: On the Negative Spirit - Much has been said, and said truly, of the monkish morbidity, of the hysteria which has often gone with the visions of hermits or nuns. But let us nev
   3: On Mr. Rudyard Kipling and Making the World Small - There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person. Nothing is more keenly required
   4: Mr. Bernard Shaw - In the glad old days, before the rise of modern morbidities, when genial old Ibsen filled the world with wholesome joy, and the kindly tales of the fo
   5: Mr. H.G. Wells and the Giants - We ought to see far enough into a hypocrite to see even his sincerity. We ought to be interested in that darkest and most real part of a man in which
   6: Christmas and the Aesthetes - The world is round, so round that the schools of optimism and pessimism have been arguing from the beginning whether it is the right way up. The diffi
   7: Omar and the Sacred Vine - A new morality has burst upon us with some violence in connection with the problem of strong drink; and enthusiasts in the matter range from the man w
   8: The Mildness of the Yellow Press - There is a great deal of protest made from one quarter or another nowadays against the influence of that new journalism which is associated with the n
   9: The Moods of Mr. George Moore - Mr. George Moore began his literary career by writing his personal confessions; nor is there any harm in this if he had not continued them for the rem
   10: On Sandals and Simplicity - The great misfortune of the modern English is not at all that they are more boastful than other people (they are not); it is that they are boastful ab
   11: Science and the Savages - A permanent disadvantage of the study of folk-lore and kindred subjects is that the man of science can hardly be in the nature of things very frequent
   12: Paganism and Mr. Lowes Dickinson - Of the New Paganism (or neo-Paganism), as it was preached flamboyantly by Mr. Swinburne or delicately by Walter Pater, there is no necessity to take a
   13: Celts and Celtophiles - Science in the modern world has many uses; its chief use, however, is to provide long words to cover the errors of the rich. The word "kleptomania" is
   14: On Certain Modern Writers and the Institution of the Family - The family may fairly be considered, one would think, an ultimate human institution. Every one would admit that it has been the main cell and central
   15: On Smart Novelists and the Smart Set - In one sense, at any rate, it is more valuable to read bad literature than good literature. Good literature may tell us the mind of one man; but bad l
   16: On Mr. McCabe and a Divine Frivolity - A critic once remonstrated with me saying, with an air of indignant reasonableness, "If you must make jokes, at least you need not make them on such s
   17: On the Wit of Whistler - That capable and ingenious writer, Mr. Arthur Symons, has included in a book of essays recently published, I believe, an apologia for "London Nights,"
   18: The Fallacy of the Young Nation - To say that a man is an idealist is merely to say that he is a man; but, nevertheless, it might be possible to effect some valid distinction between o
   19: Slum Novelists and the Slums - Odd ideas are entertained in our time about the real nature of the doctrine of human fraternity. The real doctrine is something which we do not, with
   20: Concluding Remarks on the Importance of Orthodoxy - Whether the human mind can advance or not, is a question too little discussed, for nothing can be more dangerous than to found our social philosophy o

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