Gilbert K Chesterton Quotes & Wallpapers

Gilbert K Chesterton
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He has come to the most dreadful conclusion a literary man can come to, the conclusion that the ordinary view is the right one. It is only the last and wildest kind of courage that can stand on a tower before ten thousand people and tell them that twice two is four. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The more truly we can see life as a fairytale, the more clearly the tale resolves itself into war with the dragon who is wasting fairyland. Gilbert K Chesterton
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You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I am not absentminded. It is the presence of mind that makes me unaware of everything else. Gilbert K Chesterton
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History is not a toboggan slide, but a road to be reconsidered and even retraced Gilbert K Chesterton
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Why do all the clerks and navvies in the railway trains look so sad and tired, so very sad and tired? I will tell you. It is because they know that the train is going right. It is because they know that whatever place they have taken a ticket for that place they will reach. It is because after they have passed Sloane Square they know that the next station must be Victoria, and nothing but Victoria. Oh, their wild rapture! oh, their eyes like stars and their souls again in Eden, if the next station were unaccountably Baker Street! Gilbert K Chesterton
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Marriage halves our griefs, doubles our joys, and quadruples our expenses Gilbert K Chesterton
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Just the other day in the Underground I enjoyed the pleasure of offering my seat to three ladies. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Is ditchwater dull? Naturalists with microscopes have told me that it teems with quiet fun. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Atheism is indeed the most daring of all dogmas . . . for it is the assertion of a universal negative. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I believe what really happens in history is this: the old man is always wrong; and the young people are always wrong about what is wrong with him. The practical form it takes is this: that, while the old man may stand by some stupid custom, the young man always attacks it with some theory that turns out to be equally stupid. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Comforts that were rare among our forefathers are now multiplied in factories and handed out wholesale; and indeed, nobody nowadays, so long as he is content to go without air, space, quiet, decency and good manners, need be without anything whatever that he wants; or at least a reasonably cheap imitation of it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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None of the modern machines, none of the modern paraphernalia. . . have any power except over the people who choose to use them. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The past is not what it was. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Men are ruled, at this minute by the clock, by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Over-civilization and barbarism are within an inch of each other. And a mark of both is the power of medicine-men. Gilbert K Chesterton
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All men thirst to confess their crimes more than tired beasts thirst for water; but they naturally object to confessing them while other people, who have also committed the same crimes, sit by and laugh at them. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Business, especially big business, is now organized like an army. It is, as some would say, a sort of mild militarism without bloodshed; as I say, a militarism without the military virtues. Gilbert K Chesterton
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All but the hard hearted man must be torn with pity for this pathetic dilemma of the rich man, who has to keep the poor man just stout enough to do the work and just thin enough to have to do it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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...but out of the desert, from the dry places and the dreadful suns, come the cruel children of the lonely God; the real Unitarians who with scimitar in hand have laid waste the world. For it is not well for God to be alone. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Religious unity can look like a carnival and religious liberty can look like a funeral. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The man of the true religious tradition understands two things: liberty and obedience. The first means knowing what you really want. The second means knowing what you really trust. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is quite an old-fashioned fallacy to suppose that our objection to scepticism is that it removes the discipline from life. Our objection to scepticism is that it removes the motive power. Materialism is not a thing which destroys mere restraint. Materialism itself is the great restraint. Gilbert K Chesterton
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If I did not believe in God, I should still want my doctor, my lawyer and my banker to do so. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Real development is not leaving things behind, as on a road, but drawing life from them, as from a root. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Saint George he was for England, And before he killed the dragon he drank a pint of English ale out of an English flagon. Gilbert K Chesterton
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[There is] one distinctly human thing - the story. There can be as good science about a turnip as about a man. ... [Or philosophy, or theology] ...There can be, without any question at all, as good higher mathematics about a turnip as about a man. But I do not think, though I speak in a manner somewhat tentative, that there could be as good a novel written about a turnip as a man. Gilbert K Chesterton
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But whenever one meets modern thinkers (as one often does) progressing towards a madhouse, one always finds, on inquiry, that they have just had a splendid escape from another madhouse. Thus, hundreds of people become Socialists, not because they have tried Socialism and found it nice, but because they have tried Individualism and found it nasty. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The believers in miracles accept them (rightly or wrongly) because they have evidence for them. The disbelievers in miracles deny them (rightly or wrongly) because they have a doctrine against them. Gilbert K Chesterton
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When the chord of monotony is stretched to its tightest, it breaks with the sound of a song. Gilbert K Chesterton
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humor can get in under the door while seriousness is still fumbling at the handle Gilbert K Chesterton
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Science must not impose any philosophy, any more than the telephone must tell us what to say. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There are two ways of dealing with nonsense in this world. One way is to put nonsense in the right place; as when people put nonsense into nursery rhymes. The other is to put nonsense in the wrong place; as when they put it into educational addresses, psychological criticisms, and complaints against nursery rhymes or other normal amusements of mankind. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I am a journalist and have no earthly motives except curiosity and personal vanity. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A great man knows he is not God, and the greater he is the better he knows it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The woman does not work because the man tells her to work and she obeys. On the contrary, the woman works because she has told the man to work and he hasn't obeyed. Gilbert K Chesterton
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What embitters the world is not excess of criticism, but an absence of self-criticism. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A man must be prepared not only to be a martyr, but to be a fool. It is absurd to say that a man is ready to toil and die for his convictions if he is not even ready to wear a wreathe around his head for them. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is at the back of every artist's mind something like a pattern and a type of architecture. The original quality in any man of imagination is imagery. It is a thing like the landscape of his dreams; the sort of world he would like to make or in which he would like to wander, the strange flora and fauna, his own secret planet, the sort of thing he likes to think about. This general atmosphere, and pattern or a structure of growth, governs all his creations, however varied. Gilbert K Chesterton
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One of the great disadvantages of hurry is that it takes such a long time. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We are Christians and Catholics not because we worship a key, but because we have passed a door; and felt the wind that is the trumpet of liberty blow over the land of the living. Gilbert K Chesterton
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As long as the vision of heaven is always changing, the vision of earth will be exactly the same. No ideal will remain long enough to be realized, or even partly realized. The modern young man will never change his environment; for he will always change his mind. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The supreme adventure is being BORN Gilbert K Chesterton
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God is not a symbol of goodness; goodness is a symbol of God Gilbert K Chesterton
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Silver is sometimes more valuable than gold ... that is, in large quantities. Gilbert K Chesterton
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When belief in God becomes difficult, the tendency is to turn away from Him; but in heaven's name to what? Gilbert K Chesterton
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Every one on the earth should believe that he has something to give to the world which cannot otherwise be given. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Sometimes he even embarrassed the company by phrases suggesting that there was some difference between a Liberal and a Conservative. Gilbert K Chesterton
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But we are the people of England; and we have not spoken yet. Smile at us, pay us, pass us. But do not quite forget. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Every work of art has one indispensable mark ... the center of it is simple, however much the fulfillment may be complicated. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Modern nature-worship is all upside down. Trees and fields ought to be the ordinary things; terraces and temples ought to be extraordinary. I am on the side of the man who lives in the country and wants to go to London. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I have known many happy marriages, but never a compatible one. The whole aim of marriage is to fight through and survive the instant when incompatibility becomes unquestionable. For a man and a woman, as such, are incompatible. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The modern world is filled with men who hold dogmas so strongly that they do not even know they are dogmas. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Coincidence is a spiritual pun. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I will not call it my philosophy; for I did not make it. God and humanity made it; and it made me. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Paradox - Truth standing on her head to get attention. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We all have a little weakness, which is very natural but rather misleading, for supposing that this epoch must be the end of the world because it will be the end of us. How future generations will get on without us is indeed, when we come to think of it, quite a puzzle. But I suppose they will get on somehow, and may possibly venture to revise our judgments as we have revised earlier judgments. Gilbert K Chesterton
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If the devil tells you something is too fearful to look at, look at it. If he says something is too terrible to hear, hear it. If you think some truth unbearable, bear it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The test of happiness is gratitude. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I am going to hold a pistol to the head of the Modern Man. But I shall not use it to kill him-only to bring him to life. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Madness does not come by breaking out, but by giving in; by settling down in some dirty, little, self-repeating circle of ideas; by being tamed. Gilbert K Chesterton
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She had never really listened to anyone in her life; which, some said, was why she had survived. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The most extraordinary thing in the world is an ordinary man and an ordinary woman and their ordinary children. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The most incredible thing about miracles is that they happen. Gilbert K Chesterton
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My brain and this world don't fit each other; and there's an end of it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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All the controversialists who have become conscious of the real issue are already saying of our ideal exactly what used to be said of the Socialists' ideal. They are saying that private property is too ideal not to be impossible. They are saying that private enterprise is too good to be true. They are saying that the idea of ordinary men owning ordinary possessions is against the laws of political economy and requires an alteration in human nature. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The Universe is the most extraordinary masterpiece ever constructed by nobody. Gilbert K Chesterton
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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
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No man who worships education has got the best out of education... Without a gentle contempt for education no man's education is complete. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Let a man walk ten miles steadily on a hot summer's day along a dusty English road, and he will soon discover why beer was invented. Gilbert K Chesterton
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