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Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it. Options
Daemon
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Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)
RoadRunner
Posted: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 12:09:23 AM

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Mr. Chesterton should be a lawyer.
Nisar Akhtar
Posted: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 12:35:37 AM

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Who does not love/respect property? Is everyone a thief?
Mehrdad77
Posted: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 1:55:54 AM

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We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
Aesop
Mehrdad77
Posted: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 1:57:06 AM

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In a closed society where everybody's guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.
Hunter S. Thompson
ChristopherJohnson
Posted: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 2:12:31 AM

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Socialists/communists are alike. They respect property when it is theirs. They hate property and wealth when they belong to other people. Thieves and socialists could easily understand one another.
mudbudda669
Posted: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 8:54:02 AM

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covet respect same difference ?
Bully_rus
Posted: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 8:54:24 AM
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You can't respect property, if you don't respect its proprietor...
thar
Posted: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 11:07:25 AM

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Again, from a character in his work, not his 'saying'.


G.K. Chesterton (1874–1936). The Man Who Was Thursday. 1908.

Chapter IV.
The Tale of a Detective


Quote:
“Do you mean,” asked Syme, “that there is really as much connection between crime and the modern intellect as all that?”
“You are not sufficiently democratic,” answered the policeman, “but you were right when you said just now that our ordinary treatment of the poor criminal was a pretty brutal business. I tell you I am sometimes sick of my trade when I see how perpetually it means merely a war upon the ignorant and the desperate. But this new movement of ours is a very different affair. We deny the snobbish English assumption that the uneducated are the dangerous criminals. We remember the Roman Emperors. We remember the great poisoning princes of the Renaissance. We say that the dangerous criminal is the educated criminal. We say that the most dangerous criminal now is the entirely lawless modern philosopher. Compared to him, burglars and bigamists are essentially moral men; my heart goes out to them. They accept the essential ideal of man; they merely seek it wrongly. Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it. But philosophers dislike property as property; they wish to destroy the very idea of personal possession. Bigamists respect marriage, or they would not go through the highly ceremonial and even ritualistic formality of bigamy. But philosophers despise marriage as marriage. Murderers respect human life; they merely wish to attain a greater fulness of human life in themselves by the sacrifice of what seems to them to be lesser lives. But philosophers hate life itself, their own as much as other people’s.”
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Posted: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 3:10:21 PM
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Apropos the context:

One hundred years later, who is the embodiment of "the most dangerous criminal now"? Bigamists and burglars, even murderers, would be flattered to know their "betters".
Pedro1
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thieves don't want someone else´s property to become theirs because they will sell what they stole.
Gary98
Posted: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 4:21:35 PM

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Daemon wrote:
Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)



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ddaniel
Posted: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 4:22:39 PM

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does the word jerk mean anything?...maybe that was his thought...I know I'll just jerk it away from him
Madas
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Up to you, Russia: from Kuril islands to Koenigsberg to Crimea. Choke on them.
loycer
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".....more perfectly...."??! d'oh!
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