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"A Mass of Outworn Conventions"

Three by Chesterton III

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When we really wish to know how the world is going, it is no bad test to take some tag or current phrase of the press and reverse it, substituting the precise contrary, and see whether it makes more sense that way. It generally does; such a mass of outworn conventions has our daily commentary become.

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From "A Century of Emancipation" in The Well and the Shallows (1935), The Collected Works of G. K. Chesterton, Volume III, p. 464.

Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Sun. 05/14/06 12:32:56 PM
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