Gilbert K Chesterton Quotes & Wallpapers

Gilbert K Chesterton
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I am at one with my duality. Gilbert K Chesterton

No man's really any good till he knows how bad he is, or might be... Gilbert K Chesterton

A great curse has fallen upon modern life with the discovery of the vastness of the word Education. Gilbert K Chesterton

A third-class carriage is a community, while a first-class carriage is a place of wild hermits. 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 man unless they act. Gilbert K Chesterton

Boys like romantic tales; but babies like realistic tales - because they find them romantic. Gilbert K Chesterton

The trouble about always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do without destroying the health of the mind. Gilbert K Chesterton

A nation is not going mad when it does extravagant things, so long as it does them in an extravagant spirit. But whenever we see things done wildly, but taken tamely, then the State is growing insane... Gilbert K Chesterton

Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance. Gilbert K Chesterton

He is only a very shallow critic who cannot see an eternal rebel in the heart of the Conservative. Gilbert K Chesterton

Men always talk about the most important things to total strangers. It is because in the total stranger we perceive man himself; the image of God is not disguised by resemblances to an uncle or doubts of the wisdom of a moustache. Gilbert K Chesterton

Briefly, you can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it. Gilbert K Chesterton

A man looking at a hippopotamus may sometimes be tempted to regard a hippopotamus as an enormous mistake; but he is also bound to confess that a fortunate inferiority prevents him personally from making such mistakes. Gilbert K Chesterton

The only possible excuse for this book is that it is an answer to a challenge. Even a bad shot is dignified when he accepts a duel. Gilbert K Chesterton

It is always the humble man who talks too much; the proud man watches himself too closely. Gilbert K Chesterton

I say it is better to see a horse as a monster than to see it only as a slow substitute for a motor-car. If we have got into that state of mind about a horse as something stale, it is far better to be frightened of a horse because it is a good deal too fresh. Gilbert K Chesterton

The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost. Gilbert K Chesterton

A turkey is more occult and awful than all the angels and archangels. In so far as God has partly revealed to us an angelic world, he has partly told us what an angel means. But God has never told us what a turkey means. Gilbert K Chesterton

Nonsense is a kind of exuberant capering round a discovered truth. Gilbert K Chesterton

Gullibility is the key to all adventures. The greenhorn is the ultimate victor in everything; it is he who get the most out of life. Gilbert K Chesterton

We make our friends; we make our enemies; but God makes our next door neighbor. Gilbert K Chesterton

The sane man knows that he has a touch of the beast, a touch of the devil, a touch of the saint, a touch of the citizen. The really sane man knows that he has a touch of the madman. Gilbert K Chesterton

Strong gongs groaning as the guns boom far, Don John of Austria is going to the war. Gilbert K Chesterton

He crams with cans of poisoned meat The subjects of the King, And when they die by thousands Why, he laughs like anything. Gilbert K Chesterton

The timidity of the child or the savage is entirely reasonable; they are alarmed at this world, because this world is a very alarming place. They dislike being alone because it is verily and indeed an awful idea to be alone. Gilbert K Chesterton

When it wishes anything done which is really serious, it collects twelve of the ordinary men standing round. The same thing was done, if I remember right, by the Founder of Christianity. Gilbert K Chesterton

But they none of them create the psychological conditions in which I first saw, or desired to see, the flower. Gilbert K Chesterton

Shall I tell you the secret of the whole world? It is that we have only known the back of the world. We see everything from behind, and it looks brutal. That is not a tree, but the back of a tree. That is not a cloud, but the back of a cloud. Cannot you see that everything is stooping and hiding a face? If we could only get round in front- Gilbert K Chesterton

Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable. Gilbert K Chesterton

A detective story generally describes six living men discussing how it is that a man is dead. A modern philosophic story generally describes six dead men discussing how any man can possibly be alive. Gilbert K Chesterton

The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see. 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

The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective. Gilbert K Chesterton

The aim of life is appreciation; there is no sense in not appreciating things; and there is no sense in having more of them if you have less appreciation of them. Gilbert K Chesterton

Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried. Gilbert K Chesterton

Marriage is an adventure, like going to war. 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

According to most philosophers, God in making the world enslaved it. According to Christianity, in making it, He set it free. God had written, not so much a poem, but rather a play; a play he had planned as perfect, but which had necessarily been left to human actors and stage-managers, who had since made a great mess of it. Gilbert K Chesterton

We should always endeavor to wonder at the permanent thing, not at the mere exception. We should be startled by the sun, and not by the eclipse. We should wonder less at the earthquake, and wonder more at the earth. Gilbert K Chesterton

The Catholic Church is like a thick steak, a glass of red wine, and a good cigar. Gilbert K Chesterton

The things we see every day are the things we never see at all. Gilbert K Chesterton

The true object of human life is play. Gilbert K Chesterton

If it's worth doing, it's worth doing badly. (on not perfectionism to put things off) . Gilbert K Chesterton

A man cannot have the energy to produce good art without having the energy to wish to pass beyond it. Gilbert K Chesterton

Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling. Gilbert K Chesterton

A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition. Gilbert K Chesterton

A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things. Gilbert K Chesterton

Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously. Gilbert K Chesterton

The simplification of anything is always sensational. 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

Happy is he who still loves something he loved in the nursery: He has not been broken in two by time; he is not two men, but one, and he has saved not only his soul but his life. Gilbert K Chesterton

The present condition of fame is merely fashion. 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

Buddhism is not a creed, it is a doubt. Gilbert K Chesterton

A radical generally meant a man who thought he could somehow pull up the root without affecting the flower. A conservative generally meant a man who wanted to conserve everything except his own reason for conserving anything. 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

The mere brute pleasure of reading the sort of pleasure a cow must have in grazing. Gilbert K Chesterton

...But nature does not say that cats are more valuable than mice; nature makes no remark on the subject. She does not even say that the cat is enviable or the mouse pitiable. We think the cat superior because we have (or most of us have) a particular philosophy to the effect that life is better than death. But if the mouse were a German pessimist mouse, he might not think that the cat had beaten him at all. He might think he had beaten the cat by getting to the grave first. Gilbert K Chesterton

On the third day the friends of Christ coming at daybreak to the place found the grave empty and the stone rolled away. In varying ways they realized the new wonder; but even they hardly realized that the world had died in the night. What they were looking at was the first day of a new creation, with a new heaven and a new earth; and in a semblance of the gardener God walked again in the garden, in the cool not of the evening but of the dawn. Gilbert K Chesterton

Life is not an illogicality; yet it is a trap for logicians. It looks just a little more mathematical and regular than it is; its exactitude is obvious, but its inexactitude is hidden; its wildness lies in wait. Gilbert K Chesterton

For us who live in cities Nature is not natural. Nature is supernatural. Just as monks watched and strove to get a glimpse of heaven, so we watch and strive to get a glimpse of earth. It is as if men had cake and wine every day but were sometimes allowed common bread. Gilbert K Chesterton

Somehow one can never manage to be an atheist. Gilbert K Chesterton

The person who is really in revolt is the optimist, who generally lives and dies in a desperate and suicidal effort to persuade other people how good they are. Gilbert K Chesterton

The modern world is a crowd of very rapid racing cars all brought to a standstill and stuck in a block of traffic. Gilbert K Chesterton

War is not the best way of settling differences; it is the only way of preventing their being settled for you. Gilbert K Chesterton

It is true that I am of an older fashion; much that I love has been destroyed or sent into exile. Gilbert K Chesterton

I think the oddest thing about the advanced people is that, while they are always talking about things as problems, they have hardly any notion of what a real problem is. Gilbert K Chesterton

By experts in poverty I do not mean sociologists, but poor men. Gilbert K Chesterton

One of the chief uses of religion is that it makes us remember our coming from darkness, the simple fact that we are created. Gilbert K Chesterton

Truth is sacred; and if you tell the truth too often nobody will believe it. Gilbert K Chesterton

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