Gilbert K Chesterton Quotes & Wallpapers

Gilbert K Chesterton
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Faith means believing the unbelievable. Gilbert K Chesterton

A really great person is the person who makes every person feel great. Gilbert K Chesterton

No animal ever invented anything as bad as drunkenness - or so good as drink. Gilbert K Chesterton

I do not feel any contempt for an atheist, who is often a man limited and constrained by his own logic to a very sad simplification. Gilbert K Chesterton

If you attempt an actual argument with a modern paper of opposite politics, you will have no answer except slanging or silence. Gilbert K Chesterton

The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected. Gilbert K Chesterton

A man imagines a happy marriage as a marriage of love; even if he makes fun of marriages that are without love, or feels sorry for lovers who are without marriage. Gilbert K Chesterton

Theology is only thought applied to religion. Gilbert K Chesterton

The great majority of people will go on observing forms that cannot be explained; they will keep Christmas Day with Christmas gifts and Christmas benedictions; they will continue to do it; and some day suddenly wake up and discover why. Gilbert K Chesterton

The voice of the special rebels and prophets, recommending discontent, should, as I have said, sound now and then suddenly, like a trumpet. But the voices of the saints and sages, recommending contentment, should sound unceasingly, like the sea. Gilbert K Chesterton

There is not really any courage at all in attacking hoary or antiquated things, any more than in offering to fight one's grandmother. The really courageous man is he who defies tyrannies young as the morning and superstitions fresh as the first flowers. The only true free-thinker is he whose intellect is as much free from the future as from the past. Gilbert K Chesterton

These are the things which might conceivably and truly make men forgive their enemies. We can only turn hate to love by understanding what are the things that men have loved; nor is it necessary to ask men to hate their loves in order to love one another. Just as two grocers are most likely to be reconciled when they remember for a moment that they are two fathers, so two nationals are most likely to be reconciled when they remember (if only for a moment) that they are two patriots. Gilbert K Chesterton

The sceptics, like bees, give their one sting and die. Gilbert K Chesterton

The home is not the one tame place in the world of adventure. It is the one wild place in the world of rules and set tasks. Gilbert K Chesterton

Jokes are generally honest. Complete solemnity is always dishonest. Gilbert K Chesterton

There is no great harm in the theorist who makes up a new theory to fit a new event. But the theorist who starts with a false theory and then sees everything as making it come true is the most dangerous enemy of human reason. Gilbert K Chesterton

Men can construct a science with very few instruments, or with very plain instruments; but no one on earth could construct a science with unreliable instruments. A man might work out the whole of mathematics with a handful of pebbles, but not with a handful of clay which was always falling apart into new fragments, and falling together into new combinations. A man might measure heaven and earth with a reed, but not with a growing reed. Gilbert K Chesterton

The word 'heresy' not only means no longer being wrong; it practically means being clear-headed and courageous. The word 'orthodoxy' not only no longer means being right; it practically means being wrong Gilbert K Chesterton

Tradition is only democracy extended through time; it may be defined as an extension of the franchise. Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who are merely walking about. All democrats object to men being disqualified by accident of birth; tradition objects to their being disqualified by accident of death. Democracy tells us not to neglect a good man's opinion, even if he is our father. Gilbert K Chesterton

We need to be reminded more than we need to be instructed Gilbert K Chesterton

I am not fighting a hopeless fight. People who have fought in real fights don't, as a rule. Gilbert K Chesterton

There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect. Men do not quarrel about the meaning of sunsets; they never dispute that the hawthorn says the best and wittiest thing about the spring. Gilbert K Chesterton

By all men bond to Nothing, Being slaves without a lord, By one blind idiot world obeyed, Too blind to be abhorred. Gilbert K Chesterton

I like the Americans for a great many reasons. I like them because even the modern thing called industrialism has not entirely destroyed in them the very ancient thing called democracy. I like them because they have a respect for work which really curbs the human tendency to snobbishness. Gilbert K Chesterton

Youth is always too serious, and just now it is too serious about frivolity. Gilbert K Chesterton

Everyone seems to assume that the unscrupulous parts of journalism will be the frivolous or jocular parts. This is against all ethical experience. Jokes are generally honest. Complete solemnity is almost always dishonest. The writer of the snippet merely refers to a frivolous and fugitive fact in a frivolous and fugitive way. The writer of the leading article has to write about a fact he has known for 20 minutes as though he has studied it for 20 years. Gilbert K Chesterton

...there is in life an element of elfin coincidence which people reckoning on the prosaic may perpetually miss. As it has been well expressed in the paradox of Poe, wisdom should reason on the unforeseen. Gilbert K Chesterton

And pray where in earth or heaven are there prudent marriages-Might as well talk about prudent suicides. Gilbert K Chesterton

Ten thousand women marched through the streets shouting, 'We will not be dictated to,' and went off and became stenographers. Gilbert K Chesterton

the object of a new year is not that we should have a new year, but rather that we should have a new soul. Gilbert K Chesterton

Human anger is a higher thing than what is called divine discontent. For you must be angry with something; but you can be discontented with everything. Gilbert K Chesterton

The real pleasure-seeking is the combination of luxury and austerity in such a way that the luxury can really be felt. Gilbert K Chesterton

There are no uninteresting things, there are only uninterested people. Gilbert K Chesterton

They have given us into the hand of new unhappy lords. Lords without anger and honor, who dare not carry their swords. They fight by shuffling papers; they have bright dead alien eyes; They look at our labor and laughter as a tired man looks at flies. Gilbert K Chesterton

It's not the world that's gotten so much worse, but the news coverage that's gotten so much better. Gilbert K Chesterton

Against a dark sky all flowers look like fireworks. There is something strange about them, at once vivid and secret, like flowers traced in fire in the phantasmal garden of a witch. Gilbert K Chesterton

How can it be a large career to tell other people's children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one's own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? No. A woman's function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute. I will pity Mrs. Jones for the hugeness of her task; I will never pity her for its smallness. Gilbert K Chesterton

A thing may be too sad to be believed or too wicked to be believed or too good to be believed; but it cannot be too absurd to be believed in this planet of frogs and elephants, of crocodiles and cuttle-fish. Gilbert K Chesterton

Do not be proud of the fact that your grandmother was shocked at something which your are accustomed to seeing or hearing without being shocked. ... It may be that your grandmother was an extremely lively and vital animal and that you are a paralytic. Gilbert K Chesterton

The repetition in Nature may not be a mere recurrence; it may be a theatrical encore. Gilbert K Chesterton

Among the rich you will never find a really generous man even by accident. They may give their money away, but they will never give themselves away; they are egotistic, secretive, dry as old bones. To be smart enough to get all that money you must be dull enough to want it. Gilbert K Chesterton

Well, if I am not drunk, I am mad," replied Syme with perfect calm; "but I trust I can behave like a gentleman in either condition. Gilbert K Chesterton

The prophet and the quack are alike admired for a generation, and admired for the wrong reasons. Gilbert K Chesterton

People decided that it was impossible to achieve any of the good of Socialism, but they comforted themselves by achieving all the bad. Gilbert K Chesterton

The man who says, 'my country right or wrong' is like the man who says, 'my mother drunk or sober' Gilbert K Chesterton

The first fact about the celebration of a birthday is that it is a way of affirming defiantly, and even flamboyantly, that it is a good thing to be alive. Gilbert K Chesterton

People in high life are hardened to the wants and distresses of mankind as surgeons are to their bodily pains. Gilbert K Chesterton

This is, first and last, the real value of Christmas; in so far as the mythology remains at all it is a kind of happy mythology. Personally, of course, I believe in Santa Claus; but it is the season of forgiveness, and I will forgive others for not doing so. Gilbert K Chesterton

If the world becomes pagan and perishes, the last man left alive would do well to quote the Iliad and die. Gilbert K Chesterton

It seems a pity that psychology has destroyed all our knowledge of human nature. Gilbert K Chesterton

No sane person, I hope, would accuse me of saying that every Distributist must drink beer; especially if he could brew his own cider or found claret better for his health. But I do most emphatically scorn and scout the vulgar refinement that regards beer as something unseemly and humiliating. And I would shout the name of beer a hundred times a day, to shock all the snobs who have so shameful a sense of shame. Gilbert K Chesterton

Every man is important if he loses his life;and every man is funny if he loses his hat and has to run after it. Gilbert K Chesterton is not necessary to the child to awaken to the sense of the strange and humorous by giving a man a luminous the child it is sufficiently strange and humorous to have a nose at all. Gilbert K Chesterton

The average man votes below himself; he votes with half a mind or a hundredth part of one. A man ought to vote with the whole of himself, as he worships or gets married. A man ought to vote with his head and heart, his soul and stomach, his eye for faces and his ear for music; also (when sufficiently provoked) with his hands and feet. If he has ever seen a fine sunset, the crimson color of it should creep into his vote. The question is not so much whether only a minority of the electorate votes. The point is that only a minority of the voter votes. Gilbert K Chesterton

The Darwinian movement has made no difference to mankind, except that, instead of talking unphilosophically about philosophy, they now talk unscientifically about science. Gilbert K Chesterton

There are many books which we think we have read when we have not. There are, at least, many that we think we remember when we do not. An original picture was, perhaps, imprinted upon the brain, but it has changed with our own changing minds. We only remember our remembrance. Gilbert K Chesterton

Students of popular science... are always insisting that Christianity and Buddhism are very much alike, especially Buddhism. This is generally believed, and I believed it myself until I read a book giving the reasons for it. Gilbert K Chesterton

Meaninglessness does not come from being weary of pain. Meaninglessness comes from being weary of pleasure. Gilbert K Chesterton

The Catholic Church is the only thing that saves man from the degrading slavery of being a child of his age. Gilbert K Chesterton

Tea, although an OrientalIs a gentleman at least;Cocoa is a cad and coward,Cocoa is a vulgar beast. Gilbert K Chesterton

What is called matriarchy is simply moral anarchy, in which the mother alone remains fixed because all the fathers are fugitive and irresponsible. Gilbert K Chesterton

We lose our bearings entirely by speaking of the 'lower classes' when we mean humanity minus ourselves. Gilbert K Chesterton

It is assumed that the skeptic has no bias; whereas he has a very obvious bias in favour of skepticism. Gilbert K Chesterton

Most Americans ... have a sort of permanent intoxication from within, a sort of invisible champagne. Gilbert K Chesterton

If you spell a word wrong you have some temptation to think it wrong. Gilbert K Chesterton

Tolerance is a virtue of people who don't believe in anything anymore. Gilbert K Chesterton

Men rush toward complexity; but yearn for simplicity. Gilbert K Chesterton

Progress is the mother of all problems. Gilbert K Chesterton

Unfortunately, 19th-century scientists were just as ready to jump to the conclusion that any guess about nature was an obvious fact, as were 17th-century sectarians to jump to the conclusion that any guess about Scripture was the obvious explanation . . . . and this clumsy collision of two very impatient forms of ignorance was known as the quarrel of Science and Religion. Gilbert K Chesterton

It is often a mistake to combine two pleasures, because pleasures, like pains, can act as counter-irritants to each other. Gilbert K Chesterton

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