Quotes by Gilbert K. Chesterton

New roads; new ruts.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
A yawn is a silent shout.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Coincidences are spiritual puns.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
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Buddhism is not a creed, it is a doubt.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Half a truth is better than no politics.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
The only defensible war is a war of defense.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Marriage is an adventure, like going to war.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
The present condition of fame is merely fashion.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
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People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
It is as healthy to enjoy sentiment as to enjoy jam.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
The simplification of anything is always sensational.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Artistic temperament is the disease that afflicts amateurs.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Some men never feel small, but these are the few men who are.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Women prefer to talk in twos, while men prefer to talk in threes.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
If I had only one sermon to preach it would be a sermon against pride.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
The cosmos is about the smallest hole that a man can hide his head in.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Happiness is a mystery, like religion, and should never be rationalised.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
A new philosophy generally means in practice the praise of some old vice.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
The only way to be sure of catching a train is to miss the one before it.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
A businessman is the only man who is forever apologizing for his occupation.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
With any recovery from morbidity there must go a certain healthy humiliation.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
There is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
We make our friends; we make our enemies; but God makes our next door neighbour.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
To be clever enough to get all that money, one must be stupid enough to want it.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
There is but an inch of difference between a cushioned chamber and a padded cell.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
The honest poor can sometimes forget poverty. The honest rich can never forget it.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
The mere brute pleasure of reading the sort of pleasure a cow must have in grazing.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
The only way of catching a train I have ever discovered is to miss the train before.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
I've searched all the parks in all the cities and found no statues of committees.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Experience which was once claimed by the aged is now claimed exclusively by the young.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Never invoke the gods unless you really want them to appear. It annoys them very much.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
The man who throws a bomb is an artist, because he prefers a great moment to everything.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self is more distant than any star.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
The purpose of Compulsory Education is to deprive the common people of their commonsense.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
The greenhorn is the ultimate victor in everything; it is he that gets the most out of life.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
The whole order of things is as outrageous as any miracle which could presume to violate it.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see the problem.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Chastity does not mean abstention from sexual wrong; it means something flaming, like Joan of Arc.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
The vulgar man is always the most distinguished, for the very desire to be distinguished is vulgar.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
People who make history know nothing about history. You can see that in the sort of history they make.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Cruelty is, perhaps, the worst kid of sin. Intellectual cruelty is certainly the worst kind of cruelty.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Ritual will always mean throwing away something: destroying our corn or wine upon the altar of our gods.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Brave men are all vertebrates; they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
And they that rule in England, in stately conclaves met, alas, alas for England they have no graves as yet.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
If you do not understand a man you cannot crush him. And if you do understand him, very probably you will not.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Fable is more historical than fact, because fact tells us about one man and fable tells us about a million men.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
If I can put one touch of rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
We call a man a bigot or a slave of dogma because he is a thinker who has thought thoroughly and to a definite end.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
When we really worship anything, we love not only its clearness but its obscurity. We exult in its very invisibility.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Nothing is poetical if plain daylight is not poetical; and no monster should amaze us if the normal man does not amaze.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Journalism largely consists of saying 'Lord Jones is Dead' to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Journalism is popular, but it is popular mainly as fiction. Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers is another.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
The family is the test of freedom; because the family is the only thing that the free man makes for himself and by himself.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
What people call impartiality may simply mean indifference, and what people call partiality may simply mean mental activity.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Science in the modern world has many uses; its chief use, however, is to provide long words to cover the errors of the rich.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Large organization is loose organization. Nay, it would be almost as true to say that organization is always disorganization.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Man seems to be capable of great virtues but not of small virtues; capable of defying his torturer but not of keeping his temper.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
The perplexity of life arises from there being too many interesting things in it for us to be interested properly in any of them.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Education is the period during which you are being instructed by somebody you do not know, about something you do not want to know.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton