G. K. Chesterton quote about choice from Heretics - We make our friends; we make our enemies; but God makes our next-door neighbour.
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We make our friends; we make our enemies; but God makes our next-door neighbour.
 G. K. Chesterton, Heretics (1905). copy citation

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Author G. K. Chesterton
Source Heretics
Topic choice neighbourhood
Date 1905
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/470/470-h/470-h.htm

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“But when Nietzsche has the incredible lack of humour and lack of imagination to ask us to believe that his aristocracy is an aristocracy of strong muscles or an aristocracy of strong wills, it is necessary to point out the truth. It is an aristocracy of weak nerves.
We make our friends; we make our enemies; but God makes our next-door neighbour. Hence he comes to us clad in all the careless terrors of nature; he is as strange as the stars, as reckless and indifferent as the rain. He is Man, the most terrible of the beasts. That is why the old religions and the old scriptural language showed so sharp a wisdom when they spoke, not of one's duty towards humanity, but one's duty towards one's neighbour.” source

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