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A new philosophy generally means in practice the praise of some old vice.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)
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Indicative of G.K.'s conservative attitudes.
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A new philosophy generally means in practice the praise of some old vice.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)
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Daemon wrote:
A new philosophy generally means in practice the praise of some old vice.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)


Yeah. If you can't prevail over vice as an enemy, then try to smother it as a friend...
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Context from : All Things Considered

The Methuselahite

A new philosophy generally means in practice the praise of some old vice. We have had the sophist who defends cruelty, and calls it masculinity. We have had the sophist who defends profligacy, and calls it the liberty of the emotions. We have had the sophist who defends idleness, and calls it art. It will almost certainly happen--it can almost certainly be prophesied--that in this saturnalia of sophistry there will at some time or other arise a sophist who desires to idealise cowardice. And when we are once in this unhealthy world of mere wild words, what a vast deal there would be to say for cowardice! "Is not life a lovely thing and worth saving?" the soldier would say as he ran away. "Should I not prolong the exquisite miracle of consciousness?" the householder would say as he hid under the table. "As long as there are roses and lilies on the earth shall I not remain here?" would come the voice of the citizen from under the bed. It would be quite as easy to defend the coward as a kind of poet and mystic as it has been, in many recent books, to defend the emotionalist as a kind of poet and mystic, or the tyrant as a kind of poet and mystic. When that last grand sophistry and morbidity is preached in a book or on a platform, you may depend upon it there will be a great stir in its favour, that is, a great stir among the little people who live among books and platforms. There will be a new great Religion, the Religion of Methuselahism: with pomps and priests and altars. Its devout crusaders will vow themselves in thousands with a great vow to live long. But there is one comfort: they won't.

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Daemon wrote:
A new philosophy generally means in practice the praise of some old vice.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)


We've been running out of, and away from, virtues for a long time. No wonder we have to fall back
onto some old vice(s) as we invent a new philosophy.
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