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Gilbert Keith Chesterton, G. M. Trevelyan, Herbert Spencer


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"This is the perpetual and pitiful tragedy of the practical man in practical

affairs. He always begins with a flourish of contempt for what he calls

theorizing and what people who can do it call thinking. He will not wait for

logic--that is, in the most exact sense, he will not listen to reason. It will

therefore appear to him an idle and ineffectual proceeding to say that there is

a reason for his present failure. Nevertheless, it may be well to say it, and

to try and make it clear even to him."

-- Gilbert Keith Chesterton

(1874-1936) British essayist, critic, poet, and novelist

Source: Illustrated London News, Feb 29,1925




"Disinterested intellectual curiosity is the blood of real civilization."

-- G. M. Trevelyan


Source: English Social History, 1942




"There is a principle which is a bar against all information,

which is a proof against all argument, and

which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance --

that principle is condemnation before investigation."

-- Herbert Spencer

(1820-1903) British author, economist, philosopher

Source: Often cited as a quote from Social Statics (1850); however, the quote is not in the text:



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