Gilbert K Chesterton Quotes & Wallpapers

Gilbert K Chesterton
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The coming peril is the intellectual, educational, psychological and artistic overproduction, which, equally with economic overproduction, threatens the well-being of contemporary civilisation. People are inundated, blinded, deafened, and mentally paralysed by a flood of vulgar and tasteless externals, leaving them no time for leisure, thought, or creation from within themselves. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Christian Science ... is the direct denial both of science and of Christianity, for Science rests wholly on the recognition of truth and Christianity on the recognition of pain. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Humour is meant, in a literal sense, to make game of man; that is, to dethrone him from his official dignity and hunt him like game. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The life of a thinking man will probably be divided into two parts - the first in which he desires to exterminate modern thinkers, and the second in which he desires to watch them exterminating each other. ... Suppose, for instance, there is an old story and a new skeptic who is skeptical of the story. We have only to wait a little while for a yet newer skeptic who is skeptical of the skeptic. He will probably find the old notion actually a help in his new notion. This process is an abstract truth applying to anything, apart from agreement or disagreement. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The central idea of poetry is the idea of guessing right, like a child. Gilbert K Chesterton
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When some English moralists write about the importance of having character, they appear to mean only the importance of having a dull character. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It may be a mere patriotic bias, though I do not think so, but it seems to me that the English aristocracy is not only the type, but is the crown and flower of all actual aristocracies; it has all the oligarchical virtues as well as all the defects. It is casual, it is kind, it is courageous in obvious matters; but it has one great merit that overlaps even these. The great and very obvious merit of the English aristocracy is that nobody could possibly take it seriously. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The academic mind reflects infinity, and is full of light by the simple process of being shallow and standing still. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The truth is that it is our attitude towards children that is right, and our attitude towards grown-up people that is wrong. Our attitude towards our equals in age consists in a servile solemnity, overlying a considerable degree of indifference or disdain. Our attitude towards children consists in a condescending indulgence, overlying an unfathomable respect. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Man is more himself, man is more manlike, when joy is the fundamental thing in him, and grief the superficial. Melancholy should be an innocent interlude, a tender and fugitive frame of mind; praise should be the permanent pulsation of the soul. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Odd, isn't it, that a thief and a vagabond should repent, when so many who are rich and secure remain hard and frivolous, and without fruit for God or man? Gilbert K Chesterton
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I am myself so exceedingly Nordic, as far as physical constitution is concerned, that I can enjoy almost any weather except what is called glorious weather. At the end of a few days, I am left wondering how the men of the Mediterranean ever managed to do almost all the most active and astonishing things that have been done. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The gallows in my garden, people say, Is new and neat and adequately tall. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I rose politely in the club And said, I feel a little bored; Will someone take me to a pub? Gilbert K Chesterton
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The wine they drink in Paradise They make in Haute Lorraine. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Architecture is the alphabet of giants; it is the largest set of symbols ever made to meet the eyes of men. Gilbert K Chesterton
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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
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A man who has faith must be prepared not only to be a martyr, but to be a fool. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We think for a General to fight an enemy, it is important to know the enemy's numbers, but still more important to know the enemy's philosophy. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Mr Shaw is (I suspect) the only man on earth who has never written any poetry. Gilbert K Chesterton
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White founts falling in the courts of the sun, And the Soldan of Byzantium is smiling as they run. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Their is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect. Gilbert K Chesterton
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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... Gilbert K Chesterton
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Every politician is emphatically a promising politician. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Merrily taking twopenny ale and cheese with a pocket knife; But these were luxuries not for him who went for the Simple Life. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a coloured pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling. Gilbert K Chesterton
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They haven't got no noses The fallen sons of Eve; Even the smell of roses Is not what they supposes; But more than mind discloses And more than men believe. Gilbert K Chesterton
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And goodness only knowses The Noselessness of Man. Gilbert K Chesterton
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To be clever enough to get all the money, one must be stupid enough to want it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Journalism consists largely in saying Lord James is dead to people who never knew Lord James was alive. Gilbert K Chesterton
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If a man proves too clearly and convincingly to himself... that a tiger is an optical illusion - well, he will find out he is wrong. The tiger will himself intervene in the discussion, in a manner which will be in every sense conclusive. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The suburb of Saffron Park lay on the sunset side of London, as red and ragged a cloud of sunset. 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 has' obeyed. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We are like the penny, because we have the image of the king stamped on us, the divine king. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is true that there is a thing crudely called charity, which means charity to the deserving poor; but charity to the deserving is not charity at all, but justice. It is the undeserving who require it, and the ideal either does not exist at all, or exists wholly for them. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The great saint may be said to mix all his thoughts with thanks. All goods look better when they look like gifts. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Time and again, the Faith has to all appearances gone to the dogs. But each time, it was the dog that died. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Whenever you remove any fence, always pause long enough to ask why it was put there in the first place. Gilbert K Chesterton
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How much happier you would be, how much more of you there would be, if the hammer of a higher God could smash your small cosmos. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Customs are generally unselfish. Habits are nearly always selfish. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Adventure is the champagne of life. Gilbert K Chesterton
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...the primary paradox that man is superior to all the things around him and yet is at their mercy. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is really not so repulsive to see the poor asking for money as to see the rich asking for more money. And advertisement is the rich asking for more money. Gilbert K Chesterton
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When everything about a people is for the time growing weak and ineffective, it begins to talk about efficiency. So it is that when a man's body is a wreck he begins, for the first time, to talk about health. Vigorous organisms talk not about their processes, but about their aims. Gilbert K Chesterton
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No man ought to write at all, or even to speak at all, unless he thinks that he is in truth and the other man in error. In similar style, I hold that I am dogmatic and right, while Mr. Shaw is dogmatic and wrong. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Whatever the word great means, Dickens was what it means. Gilbert K Chesterton
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For we that fight till the world is free, We are not easy in victory: We have known each other too long, my brother, And fought each other, the world and we. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The great Gaels of Ireland Are the men that God made mad, For all their wars are merry, And all their songs are sad. Gilbert K Chesterton
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He was, if ever there was one, an inspired poet. I do not think it the highest sort of poet. And you never discover who is an inspired poet until the inspiration goes. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Modern man is staggering and losing his balance because he is being pelted with little pieces of alleged fact which are native to the newspapers; and, if they turn out not to be facts, that is still more native to newspapers. Gilbert K Chesterton
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America has a genius for the encouragement of fame. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Bigotry is an incapacity to conceive seriously the alternative to a proposition. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The modern world is full of the old Christian virtues gone mad. The virtues have gone mad because they have been isolated from each other and are wandering alone. Thus some scientists care for truth; and their truth is pitiless. Thus some humanitarians only care for pity; and their pity (I am sorry to say) is often untruthful. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The rich are the scum of the earth in every country. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The old assumption of the approximate impossibility of war really rested on a similar assumption about the impossibility of evil-and especially of evil in high places. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The Sentimentalist, roughly speaking, is the man who wants to eat his cake and have it. He has no sense of honor about ideas; he will not see that one must pay for an idea as well as for anything else. He will have them all at once in one wild intellectual harem, no matter how much they quarrel and contradict each other. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Family is the theatre of the spiritual drama, the place where things happen, especially the things that matter. Gilbert K Chesterton
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They say travel broadens the mind, but you must have the mind. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Progress is Providence without God. That is, it is a theory that everything has always perpetually gone right by accident. It is a sort of atheistic optimism, based on an everlasting coincidence far more miraculous than a miracle. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A change of opinions is almost unknown in an elderly military man. Gilbert K Chesterton
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When giving treats to friends or children, give them what they like, emphatically not what is good for them. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Progress is a comparative of which we have not settled the superlative. Gilbert K Chesterton
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For fear of the newspapers politicians are dull, and at last they are too dull even for the newspapers. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There cannot be a nation of millionaires, and there never has been a nation of Utopian comrades; but there have been any number of nations of tolerably contented peasants. Gilbert K Chesterton
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It is a good sign in a nation when things are done badly. It shows that all the people are doing them. And it is bad sign in a nation when such things are done very well, for it shows that only a few experts and eccentrics are doing them, and that the nation is merely looking on. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There have been household gods and household saints and household fairies. I am not sure that there have yet been any factory gods or factory saints or factory fairies. I may be wrong, as I am no commericial expert, but I have not heard of them as yet. Gilbert K Chesterton
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A good man's work is effected by doing what he does, a woman's by being what she is. Gilbert K Chesterton
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What life and death may be to a turkey is not my business; but the soul of Scrooge and the body of Cratchit are my business. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The more we are proud that the Bethlehem story is plain enough to be understood by the shepherds, and almost by the sheep, the more do we let ourselves go, in dark and gorgeous imaginative frescoes or pageants about the mystery and majesty of the Three Magian Kings. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The whole truth is generally the ally of virtue; a half-truth is always the ally of some vice. Gilbert K Chesterton
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