Quote of the Day

In the matter of reforming things, as distinct from deforming them, there is one plain and simple principle; a principle which will probably be called a paradox. There exists in such a case a certain institution or law; let us say, for the sake of simplicity, a fence or gate erected across a road. The more modern type of reformer goes gaily up to it and says, “I don’t see the use of this; let us clear it away.” To which the more intelligent type of reformer will do well to answer: “If you don’t see the use of it, I certainly won’t let you clear it away. Go away and think. Then, when you can come back and tell me that you do see the use of it, I may allow you to destroy it.”

G. K. Chesterton, in The ThingĀ : Why I Am A Catholic (1929)

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2 Responses to “Quote of the Day”

  1. Jane Chelliah Says:

    Who owns the gate? I ask because only the owner will have the right to do something to the gate.

  2. Caral Says:

    “Good fences make good neighbours” – Robert Frost.

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