Gilbert K Chesterton Quotes & Wallpapers

Gilbert K Chesterton
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America is the only nation in the world that is founded on creed. That creed is set forth with dogmatic and even theological lucidity in the Declaration of Independence; perhaps the only piece of practical politics that is also theoretical politics and also great literature. Gilbert K Chesterton

It is shorter to state the things forbidden than the things permitted; precisely because most things are permitted and only a few things forbidden. Gilbert K Chesterton

IF we desire European civilization to be a raid and a rescue, we shall insist rather that souls are in real peril than that their peril is ultimately unreal. And if we wish to exalt the outcast and the crucified, we shall rather wish to think that a veritable God was crucified, rather than a mere sage or hero. Above all, if we wish to protect the poor we shall be in favour of fixed rules and clear dogmas. The rules of a club are occasionally in favour of the poor member. The drift of a club is always in favour of the rich one. Gilbert K Chesterton

All good writers express the state of their souls, even (as occurs in some cases of very good writers) if it is a state of damnation. Gilbert K Chesterton

The center of every man's existence is a dream. Gilbert K Chesterton

There are a good many fools who call me a friend, and also a good many friends who call me a fool. Gilbert K Chesterton

A society is in decay, final or transitional, when common sense really becomes uncommon. Gilbert K Chesterton

[Consider] a fence or gate erected across a road] The more modern type of reformer goes gaily up to it and says, "I don't see the use of this; let us clear it away." To which the more intelligent type of reformer will do well to answer: "If you don't see the use of it, I certainly won't let you clear it away. Go away and think. Then, when you can come back and tell me that you do see the use of it, I may allow you to destroy it." Gilbert K Chesterton

Progress is the mother of problems. Gilbert K Chesterton

Truth can understand error, but error cannot understand truth. Gilbert K Chesterton

The Church is a house with a hundred gates: and no two men enter at exactly the same angle Gilbert K Chesterton

Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances that we know to be desperate. Gilbert K Chesterton

When men have come to the edge of a precipice, it is the lover of life who has the spirit to leap backwards, and only the pessimist who continues to believe in progress. Gilbert K Chesterton

It is impossible without humility to enjoy anything - even pride. Gilbert K Chesterton

Where does a wise man hide a leaf? In the forest. But what does he do if there is no forest? He grows a forest to hide it in. Gilbert K Chesterton

The position we have now reached is this: starting from the State, we try to remedy the failures of all the families, all the nurseries, all the schools, all the workshops, all the secondary institutions that once had some authority of their own. Everything is ultimately brought into the Law Courts. We are trying to stop the leak at the other end. Gilbert K Chesterton

A modern vegetarian is also a teetotaler, yet there is no obvious connection between consuming vegetables and not consuming fermented vegetables. A drunkard, when lifted laboriously out of the gutter, might well be heard huskily to plead that he had fallen there through excessive devotion to a vegetable diet. Gilbert K Chesterton

Instead of looking at books and pictures about the New Testament I looked at the New Testament. There I found an account, not in the least of a person with his hair parted in the middle or his hands clasped in appeal, but of an extraordinary being with lips of thunder and acts of lurid decision, flinging down tables, casting out devils, passing with the wild secrecy of the wind from mountain isolation to a sort of dreadful demagogy; a being who often acted like an angry god - and always like a god. Gilbert K Chesterton

There are no wise few. Every aristocracy that has ever existed has behaved, in all essential points, exactly like a small mob. Gilbert K Chesterton

I still think sincere pessimism the unpardonable sin. Gilbert K Chesterton

Life is indeed terribly complicated-to a man who has lost his principles. Gilbert K Chesterton

[Paradox is] truth standing on its head to gain attention. Gilbert K Chesterton

There is no better test of a man's ultimate chivalry and integrity than how he behaves when he is wrong... A stiff apology is a second insult. Gilbert K Chesterton

If, therefore, nonsense is really to be the literature of the future, it must have its own version of the Cosmos to offer; the world must not only be tragic, romantic, and religious, it must be nonsensical also. Gilbert K Chesterton

I should say that psycho-analysis was confession without absolution. Gilbert K Chesterton

There must be some good in the life of battle, for so many good men have enjoyed being soldiers. Gilbert K Chesterton

The great intellectual tradition that comes down to us from the past was never interrupted or lost through such trifles as the sack of Rome, the triumph of Attila, or all the barbarian invasions of the Dark Ages. It was lost after the introduction of printing, the discovery of America, the founding of the Royal Society, and all the enlightenment of the Renaissance and the modern world. It was there, if anywhere, that there was lost or impatiently snapped the long thin delicate thread that had descended from distant antiquity; the thread of that unusual human hobby: the habit of thinking. Gilbert K Chesterton

Original sin is the only doctrine that's been empirically validated by 2,000 years of human history. Gilbert K Chesterton

There is only one reason an intelligent person doesn't believe in miracles. He or she believes in materialism. Gilbert K Chesterton

The fact is that purification and austerity are even more necessary for the appreciation of life and laughter than for anything else. To let no bird fly past unnoticed, to spell the stones and weeds, to have the mind a storehouse of sunset, requires a discipline in pleasure and an education in gratitude. Gilbert K Chesterton

Every true artist feels that he is touching transcendental truths; that his images are shadows of things seen through the veil. Gilbert K Chesterton

Every man is important is he loses his life; and every man is funny if he loses his hat and has to run after it. Gilbert K Chesterton

Happiness is a mystery like religion, and should never be rationalized. Gilbert K Chesterton

There nearly always is a method in madness. It's what drives men mad, being methodical. Gilbert K Chesterton

They have invented a phrase, a phrase that is a black and white contradiction in two words- 'free-love'-as if a lover ever had been, or ever could be, free. It is the nature of love to bind itself, and the institution of marriage merely paid the average man the compliment of taking him at his word. Gilbert K Chesterton

The first effect of not believing in God is to believe in anything. Gilbert K Chesterton

It is not greedy to enjoy a good dinner, any more than it is greedy to enjoy a good concert. But I do think there is something greedy about trying to enjoy the dinner and the concert at the same time. Gilbert K Chesterton

The only words that ever satisfied me as describing Nature are the terms used in fairy books, charm, spell, enchantment. They express the arbitrariness of the fact and its mystery. Gilbert K Chesterton

Truth must of necessity be stranger than fiction...for fiction is the creation of the human mind, and therefore is congenial to it. Gilbert K Chesterton

As for science and religion, the known and admitted facts are few and plain enough. All that the parsons say is unproved. All that the doctors say is disproved. That's the only difference between science and religion there's ever been, or will be. 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. Nay, the really sane man knows that he has a touch of the madman. But the materialist's world is quite simple and solid, just as the madman is quite sure he is sane. Gilbert K Chesterton

Fairyland is nothing but the sunny country of common sense. Gilbert K Chesterton

Our chiefs said 'Done,' and I did not deem it; Our seers said 'Peace,' and it was not peace; Earth will grow worse till men redeem it, And wars more evil, ere all wars cease. Gilbert K Chesterton

The things that happen here do not seem to mean anything; they mean something somewhere else. Somewhere else retribution will come on the real offender. Here it often seems to fall on the wrong person. Gilbert K Chesterton

Journalism largely consists in saying 'Lord Jones Dead' to people who never knew Lord Jones was alive. Gilbert K Chesterton

In the city set upon slime and loam, They cry in their Parliament, Who goes home? And there comes no answer in arch or dome, For none in the city of graves goes home. Yet these shall perish and understand, For God has pity on this great land. Gilbert K Chesterton

He had the notion that because I am a clergyman I should believe anything. Many people have little notions of that kind. Gilbert K Chesterton

The right kind of monarchy is one where everybody goes about with the permanent conviction that the king can do no wrong. Gilbert K Chesterton

Is ditchwater dull? Naturalists with microscopes have told me that it teems with quiet fun. Gilbert K Chesterton

How beautiful it would be for someone who could not read. Gilbert K Chesterton

A man's opinion on tramcars matters; his opinion on Botticelli matters; his opinion on all things does not matter. Gilbert K Chesterton

Soldiers have many faults, but they have one redeeming merit; they are never worshippers of force. Soldiers more than any other men are taught severely and systematically that might is not right. Gilbert K Chesterton

The lunatic is the man who lives in a small world but thinks it is a large one; he is the man who lives in a tenth of the truth, and thinks it is the whole. The madman cannot conceive any cosmos outside a certain tale or conspiracy or vision. Gilbert K Chesterton

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

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

Tradition does not mean the living are dead, but that the dead are living. Gilbert K Chesterton

Evil comes at leisure like the disease; good comes in a hurry like the doctor. Gilbert K Chesterton

With monstrous head and sickening cry And ears like errant wings, The devil's walking parody On all four-footed things. Gilbert K Chesterton

The madman is not the man who has lost his reason. The madman is the man who has lost everything except his reason. Gilbert K Chesterton

Fools! For I also had my hour; One far fierce hour and sweet; There was a shout about my ears, And palms before my feet. Gilbert K Chesterton

A building is akin to dogma; it is insolent, like dogma. Whether or no it is permanent, it claims permanence, like a dogma. Gilbert K Chesterton

Morality did not begin by one man saying to another, "I will not hit you if you do not hit me"; there is no trace of such a transaction. There IS a trace of both men having said, "We must not hit each other in the holy place. Gilbert K Chesterton

We can be almost certain of being wrong about the future, if we are wrong about the past. Gilbert K Chesterton

It is well sometimes to half understand a poem in the same manner that we half understand the world. Gilbert K Chesterton

If seeds in the black earth can turn into such beautiful roses, what might not the heart of man become in its long journey toward the stars? Gilbert K Chesterton

Dear Sir: Regarding your article 'What's Wrong with the World?' I am. Yours truly, Gilbert K Chesterton

Only man can be absurd: for only man can be dignified. Gilbert K Chesterton

It is absurd for the Evolutionist to complain that it is unthinkable for an admittedly unthinkable God to make everything out of nothing, and then pretend that it is more thinkable that nothing should turn itself into everything. Gilbert K Chesterton

Psychoanalysis is a science conducted by lunatics for lunatics. They are generally concerned with proving that people are irresponsible; and they certainly succeed in proving that some people are Gilbert K Chesterton

The books that influence the world are those that it has not read. Gilbert K Chesterton

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