Don’t Just Survive – Live!


“Hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no virtue at all… It is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be a strength.”

g-k-chesterton-a-biographyThere are few writers whose words seem to me more relevant to the era we’re living though than those of G.K. Chesterton:

“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”

“The madman is not the man who has lost his reason. The madman is the man who has lost everything except his reason.”

“Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly; devils fall because of their gravity.”

“The word ‘good’ has many meanings. For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of five hundred yards, I should call him a good shot, but not necessarily a good man.”

“Pessimism is not in being tired of evil but in being tired of good. Despair does not lie in being weary of suffering, but in being weary of joy.”

“Melancholy should be an innocent interlude, a tender and fugitive frame of mind; praise should be the permanent pulsation of the soul.”

“The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.”

“The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder.”

“There are two ways of getting home; and one of them is to stay there. The other is to walk round the whole world till we come back to the same place.”

“To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.”

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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24 Responses to Don’t Just Survive – Live!

  1. Terese says:

    Thanks, Mitch for these encouraging words, especially in the current time we live.

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  2. 👏👏👏👏❤️

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  3. joyroses13 says:

    Great quotes!
    I may need to borrow that dragon quote for my quotes on Tuesday. 🙂

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  4. May I have your permission to repost this one on my blog? Thanks, Wayne

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  5. Kim Smyth says:

    Great post, Mitch! Keeping the anxiety level down with your inspiring words!

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  6. Eliza Ayres says:

    Reblogged this on Blue Dragon Journal and commented:
    Suitable, indeed!

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  7. Erika says:

    Fantastic quotes, Mitch. Very insightful and encouraging.

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  8. Nancy Ruegg says:

    Such a superb collection of G. K. Chesterton’s wisdom. Especially love “praise should be the permanent pulsation of the soul.” Good truth plus the pleasure of alliteration. Will be adding a few of these to my collection. Thank you, Mitch!

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  10. I love these. Thanks

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  11. Great quotes from a remarkable Christian! thanks!

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  12. Oh! These are so good!! Powerful!

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  13. revruss1220 says:

    I love them all, but ESPECIALLY the last one. Thanks for these powerful stepping stones, Mitch.

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  14. smzang says:

    Someday I will probably write about this time of my life
    but for now, your posts are most surely making it brighter.

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  15. gpavants says:

    Hi Mitch,

    Great stuff. Wisdom like this does stand the test of time. Have a great safe week, brother.

    In Christ,


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  17. Life Society says:

    Hope gives us the strength to survive

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