Gilbert K Chesterton Quotes & Wallpapers

Gilbert K Chesterton
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An event is not any more intrinsically intelligible or unintelligible because of the pace at which it moves. For a man who does not believe in a miracle, a slow miracle would be just as incredible as a swift one. The Greek witch may have turned sailors to swine with a stroke of the wand. But to see a naval gentleman of our acquaintance looking a little more like a pig every day, till he ended with four trotters and a curly tail, would not be any more soothing. It might be rather more creepy and uncanny. Gilbert K Chesterton

We do not need a censorship of the press. We have a censorship by the press... It is not we who silence the press. It is the press who silences us. Gilbert K Chesterton

The truth is that there are no things for which men will make such herculean efforts as the things of which they know they are unworthy. Gilbert K Chesterton

...It's natural to believe in the supernatural. It never feels natural to accept only natural things. Gilbert K Chesterton

The human race is always trying this dodge of making everything entirely easy; but the difficulty which it shifts off one thing it shifts to another. Gilbert K Chesterton

Nothing is certain by uncertainty. Gilbert K Chesterton

A man must be orthodox upon most things, or he will never even have time to preach his own heresy. Gilbert K Chesterton

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

St Thomas (Aqinas) loved books and lived on books... When asked for what he thanked God most, he answered simply, "I have understood every page I ever read". Gilbert K Chesterton

Indeed the Book of Job avowedly only answers mystery with mystery. Job is comforted with riddles; but he is comforted. Herein is indeed a type, in the sense of a prophecy, of things speaking with authority. For when he who doubts can only say, "I do not understand," it is true that he who knows can only reply or repeat "You do not understand." And under that rebuke there is always a sudden hope in the heart; and the sense of something that would be worth understanding. Gilbert K Chesterton

The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion. Gilbert K Chesterton

A man is angry at a libel because it is false, but at a satire because it is true. Gilbert K Chesterton

Even the moon is only poetical because there is a man in the moon. Gilbert K Chesterton

He is a [sane] man who can have tragedy in his heart and comedy in his head. Gilbert K Chesterton

Women are the only realists; their whole object in life is to pit their realism against the extravagant, excessive, and occasionally drunken idealism of men. Gilbert K Chesterton

One can hardly think too little of one's self. One can hardly think too much of one's soul. Gilbert K Chesterton

Evil always wins through the strength of its splendid dupes; and there has in all ages been a disastrous alliance between abnormal innocence and abnormal sin. Gilbert K Chesterton

Who would condescend to strike down the mere things that he does not fear? Who would debase himself to be merely brave, like any common prizefighter? Who would stoop to be fearless-like a tree? Fight the thing that you fear. You remember the old tale of the English clergyman who gave the last rites to the brigand of Sicily, and how on his death-bed the great robber said, 'I can give you no money, but I can give you advice for a lifetime: your thumb on the blade, and strike upwards.' So I say to you, strike upwards, if you strike at the stars. Gilbert K Chesterton

I wish we could sometimes love the characters in real life as we love the characters in romances. There are a great many human souls whom we should accept more kindly, and even appreciate more clearly, if we simply thought of them as people in a story. Gilbert K Chesterton

A great classic means a man whom one can praise without having read. Gilbert K Chesterton

Grey is a colour that always seems on the eve of changing to some other colour. Gilbert K Chesterton

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

It is because artists do not practise, patrons do not patronize, crowds do not assemble to reverently worship the great work of Doing Nothing, that the world has lost its philosophy and even failed to invent a new religion. Gilbert K Chesterton

It's not the world that's got so much worse but the news coverage that's got so much better. Gilbert K Chesterton

To be wrong, and to be carefully wrong, that is the definition of decadence. Gilbert K Chesterton

Freethinkers are occasionally thoughtful, though never free. Gilbert K Chesterton

A thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists. Gilbert K Chesterton

...I will praise the English climate till I die-even if I die of the English climate. There is no weather so good as English weather. Nay, in a real sense there is no weather at all anywhere but in England. In France you have much sun and some rain; in Italy you have hot winds and cold winds; in Scotland and Ireland you have rain, either thick or thin; in America you have hells of heat and cold, and in the Tropics you have sunstrokes varied by thunderbolts. But all these you have on a broad and brutal scale, and you settle down into contentment or despair. 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. Gilbert K Chesterton

I am concerned with a certain way of looking at life, which was created in me by the fairy tales, but has since been meekly ratified by the mere facts. Gilbert K Chesterton

Any one of the strange laws we suffer is a compromise between a fad and a vested interest. Gilbert K Chesterton

But those dealing in the actual manufacture of mind are dealing in a very explosive material. The material is not merely the clay of which man is master, but the truths or semblances of truth which have a certain mastery over man. The material is explosive because it must be taken seriously. The men writing books really are throwing bombs. Gilbert K Chesterton

The full value of this life can only be got by fighting; the violent take it by storm. And if we have accepted everything we have missed something - war. This life of ours is a very enjoyable fight, but a very miserable truce. Gilbert K Chesterton

There is something to be said for every error; but, whatever may be said for it, the most important thing to be said about it is that it is erroneous. Gilbert K Chesterton

You cannot love a thing without wanting to fight for it. Gilbert K Chesterton

We must be fond of the world, even in order to change it. Gilbert K Chesterton

You could compile the worst book in the world entirely out of selected passages from the best writers in the world. Gilbert K Chesterton

The idea of private property universal but private, the idea of families free but still families, of domesticity democratic but still domestic, of one man one house - this remains the real vision and magnet of mankind. The world may accept something more official and general, less human and intimate. But the world will be like a broken-hearted woman who makes a humdrum marriage because she may not make a happy one; Socialism may be the world's deliverance, but it is not the world's desire. Gilbert K Chesterton

The most valuable book we can read, about countries we have visited, is that which recalls to us something that we did notice, but did not notice that we noticed. Gilbert K Chesterton

Hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no virtue at all... As long as matters are really hopeful, hope is mere flattery or platitude; it is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be a strength. Gilbert K Chesterton

What a glorious garden of wonders the lights of Broadway would be to anyone lucky enough to be unable to read. Gilbert K Chesterton

I would not say that old men grow wise, for men never grow wise; and many old men retain a very attractive childishness and cheerful innocence. Elderly people are often much more romantic than younger people, and sometimes even more adventurous, having begun to realize how many things they do not know. Gilbert K Chesterton

It is customary to complain of the bustle and strenuousness of our epoch. But in truth the chief mark of our epoch is a profound laziness and fatigue; and the fact is that the real laziness is the cause of the apparent bustle. Gilbert K Chesterton

A madman is not someone who has lost his reason but someone who has lost everything but his reason Gilbert K Chesterton

The difficulty of explaining 'why I am a Catholic' is that there are ten thousand reasons all amounting to one reason: that Catholicism is true. Gilbert K Chesterton

Men rush towards complexity, but they yearn towards simplicity. They try to be kings; but they dream of being shepherds. Gilbert K Chesterton

Agnostic is the Greek word, for the Latin word, for ignorant Gilbert K Chesterton

Many clever men like you have trusted to civilization. Many clever Babylonians, many clever Egyptians, many clever men at the end of Rome. Can you tell me, in a world that is flagrant with the failures of civilisation, what there is particularly immortal about yours? Gilbert K Chesterton

There are two kinds of charlatan: the man who is called a charlatan, and the man who really is one. The first is the quack who cures you; the second is the highly qualified person who doesn't. Gilbert K Chesterton

There are two kinds of rebellion. The first is one in which the slave demands something that the tyrant has got. The second is one in which he demands something that the tyrant has not got. Gilbert K Chesterton

When people impute special vices to the Christian Church, they seem entirely to forget that the world (which is the only other thing there is) has these vices much more. The Church has been cruel; but the world has been much more cruel. The Church has plotted; but the world has plotted much more. The Church has been superstitious; but it has never been so superstitious as the world is when left to itself. Gilbert K Chesterton

Pessimism is not in being tired of evil but in being tired of good. Despair does not lie in being weary of suffering, but in being weary of joy. It is when for some reason or other good things in a society no longer work that the society begins to decline; when its food does not feed, when its cures do not cure, when its blessings refuse to bless. Gilbert K Chesterton

Gratitude produced the most purely joyful moments that have been known to man. Gilbert K Chesterton

Now, among the heresies that are spoken in this matter is the habit of calling a grey day a "colourless" day. Grey is a colour, and can be a very powerful and pleasing colour.... A grey clouded sky is indeed a canopy between us and the sun; so is a green tree, if it comes to that. But the grey umbrellas differ as much as the green in their style and shape, in their tint and tilt. One day may be grey like steel, and another grey like dove's plumage. One may seem grey like the deathly frost, and another grey like the smoke of substantial kitchens. Gilbert K Chesterton

There are an infinity of angles at which one falls, only one at which one stands. Gilbert K Chesterton

Not only does "orthodox" no longer mean being right, it practically means being wrong. Gilbert K Chesterton

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

In the modern conflict between the Smile and the Laugh, I am all in favor of laughing. The recent stage of culture and criticism might very well be summed up as the men who smile criticizing the men who laugh. Gilbert K Chesterton

It was the people who did not care who filled the world with fire and oppression. It was the hands of the indifferent that lit the faggots; it was the hands of the indifferent that turned the rack. Gilbert K Chesterton

There is, therefore, about all complete conviction a kind of huge helplessness. Gilbert K Chesterton

The scientific facts, which were supposed to contradict the faith in the nineteenth century, are nearly all of them regarded as unscientific fictions in the twentieth century. Gilbert K Chesterton

Real development is not leaving things behind, as on a road, but drawing life from them, as on a root. Gilbert K Chesterton

Poets do not go mad; but chess-players do. Mathematicians go mad, and cashiers; but creative artists very seldom. Gilbert K Chesterton

There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and a tired man who wants a book to read. Gilbert K Chesterton

Psychoanalysis is confession without absolution. 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 all the other people how good they are. Gilbert K Chesterton

A man running after a hat is not half so ridiculous as a man running after a wife. Gilbert K Chesterton

Your next-door neighbour... is not a man; he is an environment. He is the barking of a dog; he is the noise of a pianola; he is a dispute about a party wall; he is drains that are worse than yours, or roses that are better than yours. Gilbert K Chesterton

The act of defending any of the cardinal virtues has today all the exhilaration of a vice. Moral truisms have been so much disputed that they have begun to sparkle like so many brilliant paradoxes. Gilbert K Chesterton

We all know that the 'divine glory of the ego' is socially a great nuisance; we all do actually value our friends for modesty, freshness, and simplicity of heart. Whatever may be the reason, we all do warmly respect humility - in other people. Gilbert K Chesterton



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