Gilbert K Chesterton Quotes & Wallpapers

Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is the beginning of all true criticism of our time to realize that it has really nothing to say, at the very moment when it has invented so tremendous a trumpet for saying it. Gilbert K Chesterton

Whatever the word "great" means, Dickens was what it means. Gilbert K Chesterton

In every serious doctrine of the destiny of men, there is some trace of the doctrine of the equality of men. But the capitalist really depends on some religion of inequality. The capitalist must somehow distinguish himself from human kind; he must be obviously above it or he would be obviously below it. Gilbert K Chesterton

America has a new delicacy, a coarse, rank refinement. Gilbert K Chesterton

Before the gods that made the gods Had seen their sunrise pass, The White Horse of the White Horse Vale Was cut out of the grass. Gilbert K Chesterton

When we reverence anything in the mature, it is their virtues or their wisdom, and this is an easy matter. But we reverence the faults and follies of children. We should probably come considerably nearer to the true conception of things if we treated all grown-up persons, of all titles and types, with precisely that dark affection and dazed respect with which we treat the infantile limitations. Gilbert K Chesterton

All true friendliness begins with fire and food and drink and the recognition of rain or frost. Gilbert K Chesterton

It is human to err; and the only final and deadly error, among all our errors, is denying that we have ever erred. Gilbert K Chesterton

We have not made cricket and football [soccer] professional because of any astonishing avarice or new vulgarity. We have made them professional because we would have them perfect. We have dedicated men to them as to some god of inhuman excellence. We care more for football than for the fun of playing football. Gilbert K Chesterton

An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered. Gilbert K Chesterton

My country, right or wrong' is a thing no patriot would ever think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying 'My mother, drunk or sober. Gilbert K Chesterton

The word "good" has many meanings. For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of five hundred yards, I should call him a good shot, but not necessarily a good man. Gilbert K Chesterton

The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists, as the mother can love the unborn child. Gilbert K Chesterton

If the apple hit Newton's nose, Newton's nose hit the apple. Gilbert K Chesterton

Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed. Gilbert K Chesterton

As for the general view that the Church was discredited by the War-they might as well say that the Ark was discredited by the Flood. When the world goes wrong, it proves rather that the Church is right. The Church is justified, not because her children do not sin, but because they do. Gilbert K Chesterton

An almost unnatural vigilance is really required of the citizen because of the horrible rapidity with which human institutions grow old. Gilbert K Chesterton

Any man who preaches real love is bound to beget hate. It is as true of democratic fraternity as a divine love; sham love ends in compromise and common philosophy; but real love has always ended in bloodshed. Gilbert K Chesterton

I left the fairy tales lying on the floor of the nursery, and I have not found any books so sensible since. Gilbert K Chesterton

The wise old fairy tales never were so silly as to say that the prince and the princess lived peacefully ever afterwards. The fairy tales said that the prince and princess lived happily ever afterwards; and so they did. They lived happily, although it is very likely that from time to time they threw the furniture at each other. Gilbert K Chesterton

Joy, which was the small publicity of the pagan, is the gigantic secret of the Christian. Gilbert K Chesterton

People seem to fight about things very unsuitable for fighting. They make a frightful noise in support of very quiet things. They knock each other about in the name of very fragile things. Gilbert K Chesterton

No man knows he is young while he is young. Gilbert K Chesterton

The Frenchman works until he can play. The American works until he ca' play; and then thanks the devil, his master, that he is donkey enough to die in harness. But the Englishman, as he has since become, works until he can pretend that he never worked at all. Gilbert K Chesterton

In the struggle for existence, it is only on those who hang on for ten minutes after all is hopeless, that hope begins to dawn. Gilbert K Chesterton

I need not pause to explain that crime is not a disease. It is criminology that is a disease. Gilbert K Chesterton

I would look at the first chapter of any new novel as a final test of its merits. If there was a murdered man under the sofa in the first chapter, I read the story. If there was no murdered man under the sofa in the first chapter, I dismissed the story as tea-table twaddle, which it often really was. Gilbert K Chesterton

The pure modernist is merely a snob; he cannot bear to be a month behind the fashion. Gilbert K Chesterton

Take not thy thunder from us, but take away our pride. Gilbert K Chesterton

The greatest political storm flutters only a fringe of humanity. But an ordinary man and an ordinary woman and their ordinary children literally alter the destiny of nations. Gilbert K Chesterton

The coziness between church and state is good for the state and bad for the church Gilbert K Chesterton

Your next-door neighbor is not a man; he is an environment. He is the barking of a dog; he is the noise of a piano; he is a dispute about a party wall; he is drains that are worse than yours, or roses that are better than yours. Gilbert K Chesterton

When once you have got hold of a vulgar joke, you may be certain that you have got hold of a subtle and spiritual idea. Gilbert K Chesterton

The martyr endured tortures to affirm his belief in truth but he never asserted his disbelief in torture. Gilbert K Chesterton

A tragedy means always a mans struggle with that which is stronger than man. Gilbert K Chesterton

The poetry of art is in beholding the single tower; the poetry of nature in seeing the single tree; the poetry of love in following the single woman; the poetry of religion in worshipping the single star. Gilbert K Chesterton

A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth; this has been reversed. Nowadays the part of a man that a man does assert is exactly the part he ought not to assert - himself. The part he doubts is exactly the part he ought not to doubt - the Divine Reason. Gilbert K Chesterton

Vigorous organisms talk not about their processes, but about their aims. Gilbert K Chesterton

When you have really exhausted an experience you always reverence and love it. The two things that nearly all of us have thoroughly and really been through are childhood and youth. And though we would not have them back again on any account, we feel that they are both beautiful, because we have drunk them dry. Gilbert K Chesterton

In a world flagrant with the failures of civilization, what is there particularly immortal about our own? Gilbert K Chesterton

In truth the Church is too unique to prove herself unique. For most popular and easy proof is by parallel; and here there is no parallel. Gilbert K Chesterton

It might reasonably be maintained that the true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground. To be at last in such secure innocence that one can juggle with the universe and the stars, to be so good that one can treat everything as a joke - that may be, perhaps, the real end and final holiday of human souls. Gilbert K Chesterton

And we were angry and poor and happy, And proud of seeing our names in print. Gilbert K Chesterton

As to the doubt of the soul I discover it to be false: a mood not a conclusion. My conclusion is the Faith. Corporate, organized, a personality, teaching. A thing, not a theory. It. Gilbert K Chesterton

Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers. Gilbert K Chesterton

The people who are most bigoted are those who have no conviction at all. Gilbert K Chesterton

The free man owns himself. He can damage himself with either eating or drinking; he can ruin himself with gambling. If he does he is certainly a damn fool, and he might possibly be a damned soul; but if he may not, he is not a free man any more than a dog. Gilbert K Chesterton

Man is always something worse or something better than an animal; and a mere argument from animal perfection never touches him at all. Thus, in sex no animal is either chivalrous or obscene. And thus no animal invented anything so bad as drunkeness - or so good as drink. Gilbert K Chesterton

All that we call spirit and art and ecstacy only means that for one awful instant we remember that we forgot. Gilbert K Chesterton

Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless. Gilbert K Chesterton

As regards moral courage, then, it is not so much that the public schools support it feebly, as that they suppress it firmly. Gilbert K Chesterton

A crown of roses is also a crown of thorns. Gilbert K Chesterton

Hell is God's great compliment to the reality of human freedom and the dignity of human choice. Gilbert K Chesterton

The modern world has far too little understanding of the art of keeping young. Its notion of progress has been to pile one thing on top of another, without caring if each thing was crushed in turn. People forgot that the human soul can enjoy a thing most when there is time to think about it and be thankful for it. And by crowding things together they lost the sense of surprise; and surprise is the secret of joy. Gilbert K Chesterton

Every time a man knocks on a brothel door, he is really knocking for God Gilbert K Chesterton

Teach to the young, men's enduring truths, and let the learned amuse themselves with their passing errors. Gilbert K Chesterton

Certain new theologians dispute original sin, which is the only part of Christian theology which can really be proved. Gilbert K Chesterton

Stated baldly, charity certainly means one of two things-pardoning unpardonable acts, or loving unlovable people. Gilbert K Chesterton

Children are grateful when Santa Claus puts in their stockings gifts of toys or sweets. Could I not be grateful to Santa Claus when he put in my stockings the gift of two miraculous legs? We thank people for birthday presents of cigars and slippers. Can I thank no one for the birthday present of birth? Gilbert K Chesterton

He must not merely cling to life, for then he will be a coward, and will not escape. He must not merely wait for death, for then he will be a suicide, and will not escape. He must seek his life in a spirit of furious indifference to it. Gilbert K Chesterton

We do not want joy and anger to neutralize each other and produce a surly contentment; we want a fiercer delight and a fiercer discontent. We have to feel the universe at once as an ogre's castle, to be stormed, and yet as our own cottage, to which we can return to at evening. Gilbert K Chesterton

For Scotland has a double dose of the poison called heredity; the sense of blood in the aristocrat, the sense of doom in the Calvinist. Gilbert K Chesterton

Our digestions, going sacredly and silently right, that is the foundation of all poetry. Gilbert K Chesterton

When a woman puts up her fists to a man she is putting herself in the only posture in which he is not afraid of her. Gilbert K Chesterton

The men of the clique live together because they have the same kind of soul, and their narrowness is a narrowness of spiritual coherence and contentment, like that which exists in hell . . . Gilbert K Chesterton

[V]ariety of climate should always go with stability of abode.... an Englishman's house is not only his castle; it is his fairy castle. Clouds and colours of every varied dawn and eve are perpetually touching and turning it from clay to gold, or from gold to ivory. There is a line of woodland beyond a corner of my garden which is literally different on every one of the three hundred and sixty-five days. Sometimes it seems as near as a hedge, and sometimes as far as a faint and fiery evening cloud. Gilbert K Chesterton

Research is the search of people who don't know what they want. Gilbert K Chesterton

People that insist upon drinking and driving, are putting the quart before the hearse. Gilbert K Chesterton

Boys like romantic [fairy] tales; but babies like realistic tales - because they find them romantic...This proves that even nursery tales only echo an almost prenatal leap of interest and amazement. These tales say that apples were golden only to refresh the forgotten moment when we found that they were green. They make rivers run with wine only to make us remember, for one wild moment, that they run with water. Gilbert K Chesterton

The miser is the man who starves himself, and everybody else, in order to worship wealth in its dead form, as distinct from its living form. Gilbert K Chesterton



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