Gilbert K Chesterton Quotes & Wallpapers

Gilbert K Chesterton
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You cannot grow a beard in a moment of passion. Gilbert K Chesterton

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

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

America has a genius for the encouragement of fame. Gilbert K Chesterton

Bigotry is an incapacity to conceive seriously the alternative to a proposition. Gilbert K Chesterton

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

The rich are the scum of the earth in every country. Gilbert K Chesterton

Poetry is sane because it floats easily in an infinite sea; reason seeks to cross the infinite sea, and so make it finite. The result is mental exhaustion. To accept everything is an exercise, to understand everything a strain. 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 real great man is the man who makes every man feel great. Gilbert K Chesterton

You never know the best about men until you know the worst about them. Gilbert K Chesterton

There is more to life than increasing its speed. Gandhi gave my life to become the person I am right now. Was it worth it? Richard Bach Life exists for the love of music or beautiful things. Gilbert K Chesterton

Were Patrick Henry to return to earth and look around on the vast economic order of the day, he might revise his observation and merely say "Give me death"-the alternative being manifestly impossible under modern conditions. Gilbert K Chesterton

Very few people in the world would care to listen to the real defense of their own characters. The real defense, the defense which belongs to the Day of Judgment, would make such damaging admissions, would clear away so many artificial virtues, would tell such tragedies of weakness and failure, that a man would sooner be misunderstood and censured by the world than exposed to that awful and merciless eulogy. Gilbert K Chesterton

If man is not the image of God, then he is a disease of the dust. Gilbert K Chesterton

If Christianity should happen to be true - that is to say, if its God is the real God of the universe - then defending it may mean talking about anything and everything. Gilbert K Chesterton

The moderns do not realize modernity. Gilbert K Chesterton

The one created thing which we cannot look at is the one thing in the light of which we look at everything. Gilbert K Chesterton

Instead of the machine being a giant to which the man is the pygmy, we must at last reverse the proportions until man is a giant to whom the machine is the toy. Gilbert K Chesterton

That all war is physically frightful is obvious; but if that were a moral verdict, there would be no difference between a torturer and a surgeon. There are certain intellectuals who are too bright to be content with merely praising peace but who are infuriated by anybody praising war. If no war is possible, all criminality has its chance Gilbert K Chesterton

The Christian pities men because they are dying, and the Buddhist pities them because they are living. The Christian is sorry for what damages the life of a man; but the Buddhist is sorry for him because he is alive. Gilbert K Chesterton

The mystic does not bring doubts or riddles: the doubts and riddles exist already. 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

To be smart enough to get all that money you must be dull enough to want it. Gilbert K Chesterton

I think I will not hang myself today. Gilbert K Chesterton

A good civilization spreads over us freely like a tree, varying and yielding because it is alive. A bad civilization stands up and sticks out above us like an umbrella - artificial, mathematical in shape; not merely universal, but uniform. Gilbert K Chesterton

A tragedy means always a man's struggle with that which is stronger than man. Gilbert K Chesterton

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

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

Whatever the word great means, Dickens was what it means. Gilbert K Chesterton

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

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

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

The gallows in my garden, people say, Is new and neat and adequately tall. Gilbert K Chesterton

I rose politely in the club And said, I feel a little bored; Will someone take me to a pub? Gilbert K Chesterton

The wine they drink in Paradise They make in Haute Lorraine. Gilbert K Chesterton

Architecture is the alphabet of giants; it is the largest set of symbols ever made to meet the eyes of men. 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

A man who has faith must be prepared not only to be a martyr, but to be a fool. Gilbert K Chesterton

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

Mr Shaw is (I suspect) the only man on earth who has never written any poetry. Gilbert K Chesterton

White founts falling in the courts of the sun, And the Soldan of Byzantium is smiling as they run. Gilbert K Chesterton

Their is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect. 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... Gilbert K Chesterton

Every politician is emphatically a promising politician. Gilbert K Chesterton

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

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

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

And goodness only knowses The Noselessness of Man. Gilbert K Chesterton

There are no uninteresting things, only uninterested people. Gilbert K Chesterton

Religious liberty might be supposed to mean that everybody is free to discuss religion. In practice it means that hardly anybody is allowed to mention it. Gilbert K Chesterton

In the glad old days, before the rise of modern used to be thought a disadvantage to be misunderstood. Gilbert K Chesterton

Misers get up early in the morning; and burglars, I am informed, get up the night before. Gilbert K Chesterton

Customs are generally unselfish. Habits are nearly always selfish. Gilbert K Chesterton

If you'd take your head home and boil it for a turnip it might be useful. I can't say. But it might. Gilbert K Chesterton

The whole secret of mysticism is this: that man can understand everything by the help of something he cannot understand. Gilbert K Chesterton

It is one thing to describe an interview with a gorgon or a griffin, a creature who does not exist. It is another thing to discover that the rhinoceros does exist and then take pleasure in the fact that he looks as if he didn't. Gilbert K Chesterton

Only poor men get hanged. Gilbert K Chesterton

The ignorant pronounce it Frood To cavil or applaud The well-informed pronounce it Froyd But I pronounce it Fraud. Gilbert K Chesterton

Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another. Gilbert K Chesterton

I always like a dog so long as he isn't spelled backward. Gilbert K Chesterton

Wit is a sword; it is meant to make people feel the point as well as see it. Gilbert K Chesterton

Great truths can only be forgotten and can never be falsified. Gilbert K Chesterton

I suppose every one must have reflected how primeval and how poetical are the things that one carries in one's pocket; the pocket-knife, for instance, the type of all human tools, the infant of the sword. Once I planned to write a book of poems entirely about things in my pockets. But I found it would be too long; and the age of the great epics is past. Gilbert K Chesterton

It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. Gilbert K Chesterton

Once abolish the God and the government becomes the God. Gilbert K Chesterton

The men who really believe in themselves are all in lunatic asylums. Gilbert K Chesterton

Leaving the complications of the human breakfast-table out of account, in an elemental sense, the egg only exists to produce the chicken. But the chicken does not exist only in order to produce another egg. He may also exist to amuse himself, to praise God, and even to suggest ideas to a French dramatist. Being a conscious life, he is, or may be, valuable in himself. Gilbert K Chesterton

Every act of will is an act of self-limitation. To desire action is to desire limitation. In that sense, every act is an act of self-sacrifice. When you choose anything, you reject everything else. Gilbert K Chesterton

The modern world... has no notion except that of simplifying something by destroying nearly everything. 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. Gilbert K Chesterton

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