Gilbert K Chesterton Quotes & Wallpapers

Gilbert K Chesterton
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Bosh, he said, On what else is the whole world run but immediate impressions? What is more practical? My friend, the philosophy of this world may be founded on facts, but its business is run on spiritual impressions and atmospheres. Gilbert K Chesterton

Earnest Freethinkers need not worry themselves so much about the persecutions of the past. Before the Liberal idea is dead or triumphant we shall see wars and persecutions the like of which the world has never seen. Gilbert K Chesterton

I know of men who believe in themselves more colossally than Napoleon or Caesar. I know where flames the fixed star of certainty and success. I can guide you to the thrones of the Super-men. The men who really believe in themselves are all in lunatic asylums. Gilbert K Chesterton

What though they come with scroll and pen, And grave as a shaven clerk, By this sign you shall know them, That they ruin and make dark. Gilbert K Chesterton

One can no more have a private religion than one can have a private sun or a private moon. Gilbert K Chesterton

To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it. Gilbert K Chesterton

The center of every man's existence is a dream. Death, disease, insanity, are merely material accidents, like a toothache or a twisted ankle. That these brutal forces always besiege and often capture the citadel does not prove that they are the citadel. Gilbert K Chesterton

When you break the big laws, you do not get liberty; you do not even get anarchy. You get the small laws. Gilbert K Chesterton

Love is not blind; that is the last thing that it is. Love is bound; and the more it is bound the less it is blind. Gilbert K Chesterton

Oscar Wilde said that sunsets were not valued because we could not pay for sunsets. But Oscar Wilde was wrong; we can pay for sunsets. We can pay for them by not being Oscar Wilde. Gilbert K Chesterton

The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him. Gilbert K Chesterton

The State did not own men so entirely, even when it could send them to the stake, as it sometimes does now where it can send them to the elementary school. Gilbert K Chesterton

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

Here ends another day, during which I have had eyes, ears, hands and the great world around me. Tomorrow begins another day. Why am I allowed two? Gilbert K Chesterton

Materialists and madmen never have doubts. Gilbert K Chesterton

We all feel the riddle of the earth without anyone to point it out. The mystery of life is the plainest part of it. The clouds and curtains of darkness, the confounding vapors, these are the daily weather of this world. Gilbert K Chesterton

And they that rule in England, in stately conclaves met, alas, alas for England they have no graves as yet. Gilbert K Chesterton

Education is the period during which you are being instructed by somebody you do not know, about something you do not want to know. Gilbert K Chesterton

A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying. Gilbert K Chesterton

In matters of truth the fact that you don't want to publish something is, nine times out of ten, a proof that you ought to publish it. 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

New roads; new ruts. Gilbert K Chesterton

The ordinary scientific man is strictly a sentimentalist. He is a sentimentalist in this essential sense, that he is soaked and swept away by mere associations. Gilbert K Chesterton

If a rhinoceros were to enter this restaurant now, there is no denying he would have great power here. But I should be the first to rise and assure him that he had no authority whatever. Gilbert K Chesterton

There is a case for telling the truth; there is a case for avoiding the scandal; but there is no possible defense for the man who tells the scandal, but does not tell the truth Gilbert K Chesterton

Courage is getting away from death by continually coming within an inch of it. Gilbert K Chesterton

There are many definite methods, honest and dishonest, which make people rich; the only instinct I know of which does it is that instinct which theological Christianity crudely describes as the sin of avarice. Gilbert K Chesterton

There are arguments for atheism, and they do not depend, and never did depend, upon science. They are arguable enough, as far as they go, upon a general survey of life; only it happens to be a superficial survey of life. Gilbert K Chesterton

Aesthetes never do anything but what they are told. Gilbert K Chesterton

My attitude toward progress has passed from antagonism to boredom. I have long ceased to argue with people who prefer Thursday to Wednesday because it is Thursday. Gilbert K Chesterton

I still hold. . .that the suburbs ought to be either glorified by romance and religion or else destroyed by fire from heaven, or even by firebrands from the earth. Gilbert K Chesterton

America is the only country ever founded on a creed. Gilbert K Chesterton

It is the mark of our whole modern history that the masses are kept quiet with a fight. They are kept quiet by the fight because it is a sham-fight; thus most of us know by this time that the Party System has been popular only in the sense that a football match is popular. Gilbert K Chesterton

I have formed a very clear conception of patriotism. I have generally found it thrust into the foreground by some fellow who has something to hide in the background. I have seen a great deal of patriotism; and I have generally found it the last refuge of the scoundrel. Gilbert K Chesterton

The world will very soon be divided, unless I am mistaken, into those who still go on explaining our success, and those somewhat more intelligent who are trying to explain our failure. Gilbert K Chesterton

There are some desires that are not desirable. Gilbert K Chesterton

From the standpoint of any sane person, the present problem of capitalist concentration is not only a question of law, but of criminal law, not to mention criminal lunacy. Gilbert K Chesterton

A man making the confession of any creed worth ten minutes' intelligent talk, is always a man who gains something and gives up something. So long as he does both he can create; for he is making an outline and a shape. Mohamet created, when he forbade wine but allowed five wives: he created a very big thing, which we have still to deal with. Gilbert K Chesterton

When people talk as if the Crusades were nothing more than an aggressive raid against Islam, they seem to forget in the strangest way that Islam itself was only an aggressive raid against the old and ordered civilization in these parts. I do not say it in mere hostility to the religion of Mahomet; I am fully conscious of many values and virtues in it; but certainly it was Islam that was the invasion and Christendom that was the thing invaded. Gilbert K Chesterton

Comradeship is quite a different thing from friendship. . . Gilbert K Chesterton

Dogma is actually the only thing that cannot be separated from education. It IS education. A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching. There are no uneducated people; only most people are educated wrong. The true task of culture today is not a task of expansion, but of selection-and-rejection. The educationist must find a creed and teach it. Gilbert K Chesterton

Playing as children means playing is the most serious thing in the world. Gilbert K Chesterton

The real trouble with this world of ours is not that it is an unreasonable world, nor even that it is a reasonable one. The commonest kind of trouble is that it is nearly reasonable, but not quite. ... It looks just a little more mathematical and regular than it is; its exactitude is obvious, but its inexactitude is hidden; its wilderness lies in wait. Gilbert K Chesterton

I believe in preaching to the converted; for I have generally found that the converted do not understand their own religion. Gilbert K Chesterton

The people has no definite disbelief in the temples of theology. The people has a very fiery and practical disbelief in the temples of physical science. Gilbert K Chesterton

There are no boring subjects, only disinterested minds. Gilbert K Chesterton

I am more than a devil; I am a man. I can do the one thing which Satan himself cannot do- I can die. Gilbert K Chesterton

For when we cease to worship God, we do not worship nothing, we worship anything. Gilbert K Chesterton

of being strong and brave. The strong can not be brave. Only the weak can be brave; and yet again, in practice, only those who can be brave can be trusted, in time of doubt, to be strong. Gilbert K Chesterton

There are no words to express the abyss between isolation and having one ally. Gilbert K Chesterton

Christianity satisfies suddenly and perfectly man's ancestral instinct for being the right way up; satisfies it supremely in this, that by its creed Joy becomes something gigantic, and Sadness something special and small. Gilbert K Chesterton

It is generally the man who is not ready to argue, who is ready to sneer. Gilbert K Chesterton

Passion makes every detail important. Gilbert K Chesterton

The Party System was founded on one national notion of fair play. It was the notion that folly and futility should be fairly divided between both sides. Gilbert K Chesterton

Correctitude implies nowadays a formal or fastidious use of words; and what is wanted is not so much the correct as the living use of words. It is the memory of the meaning of a word which is the life of the word. Gilbert K Chesterton

Pride juggles with her toppling towers, They strike the sun and cease, But the firm feet of humility They grip the ground like trees. Gilbert K Chesterton

We have passed the age of the demagogue, the man who has little to say and says it loud. We have come to the age of the mystagogue or don, the man who has nothing to say, but says it softly and impressively in an indistinct whisper. Gilbert K Chesterton

Wait and see whether the religion of the Servile State is not in every case what I say: the encouragement of small virtues supporting capitalism, the discouragement of the huge virtues that defy it. Gilbert K Chesterton

It is the simple truth that man does differ from the brutes in kind and not in degree; and the proof of it is here; that it sounds like a truism to say that the most primitive man drew a picture of a monkey and that it sounds like a joke to say that the most intelligent monkey drew a picture of a man. Something of division and disproportion has appeared; and it is unique. Art is the signature of man. Gilbert K Chesterton

Either criticism is no good at all (a very defensible position) or else criticism means saying about an author the very things that would have made him jump out of his boots. Gilbert K Chesterton

An enormous amount of modern ingenuity is expended on finding defences for the indefensible conduct of the powerful. As I have said above, these defences generally exhibit themselves most emphatically in the form of appeals to physical science. And of all the forms in which science, or pseudo-science, has come to the rescue of the rich and stupid, there is none so singular as the singular invention of the theory of races. Gilbert K Chesterton

All good men are international. Nearly all bad men are cosmopolitan. If we are to be international we must be national. Gilbert K Chesterton

There are no new lies, no new heresies. Man is simply not that creative. Gilbert K Chesterton

At any innocent tea-table we may easily hear a man say, "Life is not worth living." We regard it as we regard the statement that it is a fine day; nobody thinks that it can possibly have any serious effect on the man or on the world. And yet if that utterance were really believed, the world would stand on its head. Gilbert K Chesterton

The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people. Gilbert K Chesterton

Most Americans are born drunk, and really require a little wine or beer to sober them. They have a sort of permanent intoxication from within, a sort of invisible champagne. Americans do not need to drink to inspire them to do anything, though they do sometimes, I think, need a little for the deeper and more delicate purpose of teaching them how to do nothing. Gilbert K Chesterton

The man who lives in contact with what he believes to be a living Church is a man always expecting to meet Plato and Shakespeare tomorrow at breakfast. He is always expecting to see some truth that he has never seen before. Gilbert K Chesterton

The Mass is very long and tiresome unless one loves God. Gilbert K Chesterton

There again," said Syme irritably, "what is there poetical about being in revolt? You might as well say that it is poetical to be sea-sick. Being sick is a revolt. Both being sick and being rebellious may be the wholesome thing on certain desperate occasions; but I'm hanged if I can see why they are poetical...It is things going right," he cried, "that is poetical! Our digestions, for instance, going sacredly and silently right, that is the foundation of all poetry...the most poetical thing in the world is not being sick. Gilbert K Chesterton

Blessed is he that expecteth nothing, for he shall be gloriously surprised. Gilbert K Chesterton

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