Gilbert K Chesterton Quotes & Wallpapers

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

God is not a symbol of goodness; goodness is a symbol of God Gilbert K Chesterton

Silver is sometimes more valuable than gold ... that is, in large quantities. Gilbert K Chesterton

When belief in God becomes difficult, the tendency is to turn away from Him; but in heaven's name to what? Gilbert K Chesterton

Every one on the earth should believe that he has something to give to the world which cannot otherwise be given. Gilbert K Chesterton

Sometimes he even embarrassed the company by phrases suggesting that there was some difference between a Liberal and a Conservative. Gilbert K Chesterton

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

Every work of art has one indispensable mark ... the center of it is simple, however much the fulfillment may be complicated. Gilbert K Chesterton

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

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

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

Marriage halves our griefs, doubles our joys, and quadruples our expenses Gilbert K Chesterton

Just the other day in the Underground I enjoyed the pleasure of offering my seat to three ladies. Gilbert K Chesterton

History is not a toboggan slide, but a road to be reconsidered and even retraced Gilbert K Chesterton

Coincidence is a spiritual pun. Gilbert K Chesterton

The modern world is filled with men who hold dogmas so strongly that they do not even know they are dogmas. Gilbert K Chesterton

The secularists have not wrecked divine things; but the secularists have wrecked secular things, if that is any comfort to them. The Titans did not scale heaven; but they laid waste the world. Gilbert K Chesterton

Only men to whom the family is sacred will ever have a standard or a status by which to criticize the State. They alone can appeal to something more holy than the gods of the city. Gilbert K Chesterton

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

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

The supreme adventure is being BORN Gilbert K Chesterton

Do not look at the faces in the illustrated papers. Look at the faces in the street. Gilbert K Chesterton

Anyone who is not an anarchist agrees with having a policeman at the corner of the street; but the danger at present is that of finding the policeman half-way down the chimney or even under the bed. Gilbert K Chesterton

I might inform those humanitarians who have a nightmare of new and needless babies (for some humanitarians have that sort of horror of humanity) that if the recent decline in the birth-rate were continued for a certain time, it might end in there being no babies at all; which would console them very much. Gilbert K Chesterton

The great ideals of the past failed not by being outlived (which must mean over-lived), but by not being lived enough. Mankind has not passed through the Middle Ages. Rather mankind has retreated from the Middle Ages in reaction and rout. The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried. Gilbert K Chesterton

My brother, Cecil Edward Chesterton, was born when I was about five years old; and, after a brief pause, began to argue. He continued to argue to the end. I am glad to think that through all those years we never stopped arguing; and we never once quarreled. Perhaps the principal objection to a quarrel is that it interrupts an argument. Gilbert K Chesterton

I have no right to think for myself. I have no right to think at all. Gilbert K Chesterton

Every true artist does feel, consciously or unconsciously, that he is touching transcendental truths; that his images are shadows of things seen through the veil. In other words, the natural mystic does know that there is something there, something behind the clouds or within the trees; but he believes that the pursuit of beauty is the way to find it; that imagination is a sort of incantation that can call it up. Gilbert K Chesterton

The humorous look of children is perhaps the most endearing of all the bonds that hold the Cosmos together. Gilbert K Chesterton

Modern man is educated to understand foreign languages and misunderstand foreigners. Gilbert K Chesterton

Every man who will not have softening of the heart must at last have softening of the brain Gilbert K Chesterton

There are two kinds of paradoxes. They are not so much the good and the bad, nor even the true and the false. Rather they are the fruitful and the barren; the paradoxes which produce life and the paradoxes that merely announce death. Nearly all modern paradoxes merely announce death. Gilbert K Chesterton

The great misfortune of the modern English is not at all that they are more boastful than other people (they are not); it is that they are boastful about those particular things which nobody can boast of without losing them. Gilbert K Chesterton

The most astonishing thing about miracles is that they happen. Gilbert K Chesterton

The people who are the most bigoted are the people who have no convictions at all. Gilbert K Chesterton

Fairy Tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. Gilbert K Chesterton

You could compile, I should think, the worst book in the world entirely out of selecting passages from the best writers in the world. Gilbert K Chesterton

This diseased pride [of artistic individualists] was not even conscious of a public interest, and would have found all political terms utterly tasteless and insignificant. It was no longer a question of one man one vote, but of one man one universe. Gilbert K Chesterton

There are two kinds of people in the world: the conscious dogmatists and the unconscious dogmatists. I have always found myself that the unconscious dogmatists were by far the most dogmatic. Gilbert K Chesterton

Man is an exception, whatever else he is. If he is not the image of God, then he is a disease of the dust. Gilbert K Chesterton

Prince, Bayard would have smashed his sword To see the sort of knights you dub- Is that the last of them - O Lord Will someone take me to a pub? Gilbert K Chesterton

The poor object to being governed badly, while the rich object to being governed at all. 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

A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it. Gilbert K Chesterton

The worst of work nowadays is what happens to people when they cease to work. Gilbert K Chesterton

Education is the period during which I was being instructed by somebody I did not know, about something I did not want to know. Gilbert K Chesterton

You have weighed the stars in the balance, and grasped the skies in a span: Take, if you must have answer, the word of a common man. Gilbert K Chesterton

A dying monarchy is always one that has too much power, not too little; a dying religion always interferes more than it ought, not less. Gilbert K Chesterton

His English education at one of the great public schools had preserved his intellect perfectly and permanently at the stage of boyhood. Gilbert K Chesterton

Before the Roman came to Rye or out to Severn strode, The rolling English drunkard made the rolling English road. Gilbert K Chesterton

Of all modern notions, the worst is this: that domesticity is dull. Inside the home, they say, is dead decorum and routine; outside is adventure and variety. But the truth is that the home is the only place of liberty, the only spot on earth where a man can alter arrangements suddenly, make an experiment or indulge in a whim. The home is not the one tame place in a world of adventure; it is the one wild place in a world of rules and set tasks. Gilbert K Chesterton

Most modern freedom is at root fear. It is not so much that we are too bold to endure rules; it is rather that we are too timid to endure responsibilities. Gilbert K Chesterton

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

They said that I should lose my ideals and begin to believe in the methods of practical politicians. Now, I have not lost my ideals in the least; my faith in fundamentals is exactly what it always was. What I have lost is my childlike faith in practical politics. Gilbert K Chesterton

There nearly always is a method in madness. Gilbert K Chesterton

We are all in the same boat, in a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty. 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

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

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

All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks. Gilbert K Chesterton

The comedy of man survives the tragedy of man. Gilbert K Chesterton

The criminal is the creative artist; the detective only the critic. Gilbert K Chesterton

The most extraordinary thing in the world is an ordinary man and an ordinary woman and their ordinary children. Gilbert K Chesterton

The most incredible thing about miracles is that they happen. Gilbert K Chesterton

The word good has many meanings... Gilbert K Chesterton

Science is the study of the admitted laws of existence, which cannot prove a universal negative about whether those laws could ever be suspended by something admittedly above them. It is as if we were to say that a lawyer was so deeply learned in the American Constitution that he knew there could never be a revolution in America.. Gilbert K Chesterton

Modern toleration is really a tyranny. It is a tyranny because it is a silence. Gilbert K Chesterton

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 that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around. Gilbert K Chesterton

All conservatism is based upon the idea that if you leave things alone you leave them as they are. But you do not. If you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change. 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



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