Gilbert K Chesterton Quotes & Wallpapers

Gilbert K Chesterton
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A stiff apology is a second insult... The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt. Gilbert K Chesterton

It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it. Gilbert K Chesterton

Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it. Gilbert K Chesterton

True contentment is a thing as active as agriculture. It is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it. It is arduous and it is rare. Gilbert K Chesterton

The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese. Gilbert K Chesterton

All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry. Gilbert K Chesterton

Journalism is popular, but it is popular mainly as fiction. Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers is another. Gilbert K Chesterton

Cruelty is, perhaps, the worst kid of sin. Intellectual cruelty is certainly the worst kind of cruelty. Gilbert K Chesterton

The honest poor can sometimes forget poverty. The honest rich can never forget it. Gilbert K Chesterton

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

Fable is more historical than fact, because fact tells us about one man and fable tells us about a million men. Gilbert K Chesterton

The only defensible war is a war of defense. Gilbert K Chesterton

A man who says that no patriot should attack the war until it is over... is saying no good son should warn his mother of a cliff until she has fallen. Gilbert K Chesterton

I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act. Gilbert K Chesterton

If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly. Gilbert K Chesterton

The vulgar man is always the most distinguished, for the very desire to be distinguished is vulgar. Gilbert K Chesterton

Adventure is the champagne of life, but I prefer my champagne and my adventures dry. Gilbert K Chesterton

Not only is suicide a sin, it is the sin. It is the ultimate and absolute evil, the refusal to take an interest in existence; the refusal to take the oath of loyalty to life. The man who kills a man, kills a man. The man who kills himself, kills all men. As far as he is concerned he wipes out the world. Gilbert K Chesterton

The only thing that has kept the race of men from the mad extremes of the convent and the pirate-galley, the night-club and the lethal chamber, has been mysticism ? the belief that logic is misleading, and that things are not what they seem. Gilbert K Chesterton

You can free things from alien or accidental laws, but not from the laws of their own nature. You may, if you like, free a tiger from his bars; but do not free him from his stripes. Gilbert K Chesterton

There is always in the healthy mind an obscure prompting that religion teaches us rather to dig than to climb; that if we could once understand the common clay of earth we should understand everything. Similarly, we have the sentiment that if we could destroy custom at a blow and see the stars as a child sees them, we should need no other apocalypse. This is the great truth which has always lain at the back of baby-worship, and which will support it to the end. Gilbert K Chesterton

When [a politician] is in opposition, he is an expert on the means to some end; and when he is in office he is an expert on the obstacles to it. In short, when he is impotent he proves to us that the thing is easy; and when he is omnipotent he proves that it is impossible. Gilbert K Chesterton

Truths turn into dogmas the minute they are disputed. Gilbert K Chesterton

It is still bad taste to be an avowed atheist. But now it is equally bad taste to be an avowed Christian. Gilbert K Chesterton

[Marxism will] in a generation or so [go] into the limbo of most heresies, but meanwhile it will have poisoned the Russian Revolution. Gilbert K Chesterton

He is a very shallow critic who cannot see an eternal rebel in the heart of a conservative. Gilbert K Chesterton

I say that a man must be certain of his morality for the simple reason that he has to suffer for it. Gilbert K Chesterton

It is the main earthly business of a human being to make his home, and the immediate surroundings of his home, as symbolic and significant to his own imagination as he can. Gilbert K Chesterton

Too much capitalism does not mean too many capitalists, but too few capitalists. Gilbert K Chesterton

The only object of liberty is life. Gilbert K Chesterton

Liberty has produced scepticism, and scepticism has destroyed liberty. The lovers of liberty thought they were leaving it unlimited, when they were only leaving it undefined. They thought they were only leaving it undefined, when they were really leaving it undefended. Gilbert K Chesterton

Shouldn't atheist have an equal obligation to explain pleasure in a world of randomness. Where does pleasure come from? Gilbert K Chesterton

Acceptance is the truest kinship with humanity. 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. The fact is obvious. The might is in the hundred men who obey. The right (or what is held to be right) is in the one man who commands them. Gilbert K Chesterton

When you have really exhausted an experience you always reverence and love it. Gilbert K Chesterton

Mysticism keeps mankind sane. As long as you have mystery you have health; when you destroy mystery you create morbidity. Gilbert K Chesterton

Sir Hiram Maxim is a genuine and typical example of the man of science, romantic, excitable, full of real but somewhat obvious poetry, a little hazy in logic and philosophy, but full of hearty enthusiasm and an honorable simplicity. He is, as he expresses it, "an old and trained engineer," and is like all of the old and trained engineers I have happened to come across, a man who indemnifies himself for the superhuman or inhuman concentration required for physical science by a vague and dangerous romanticism about everything else. Gilbert K Chesterton

To mix science up with philosophy is only to produce a philosophy that has lost all its ideal value and a science that has lost all its practical value. It is for my private physician to tell me whether this or that food will kill me. It is for my private philosopher to tell me whether I ought to be killed. Gilbert K Chesterton

There is nothing harder to learn than painting and nothing which most people take less trouble about learning. An art school is a place where about three people work with feverish energy and everybody else idles to a degree that I should have conceived unattainable by human nature. Gilbert K Chesterton

It is the root of all religion that a man knows that he is nothing in order to thank God that he is something. Gilbert K Chesterton

If the world grows to worldly, it can be rebuked by the Church; but if the Church grows to worldly, it cannot be adequately rebuked for worldlyness by the world. Gilbert K Chesterton

One can sometimes do good by being the right person in the wrong place. Gilbert K Chesterton

The telescope makes the world smaller; it is only the microscope that makes it larger. Gilbert K Chesterton

There are no new ideas. Gilbert K Chesterton

I had always felt life first as a story: and if there is a story there is a story-teller Gilbert K Chesterton

Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home. Gilbert K Chesterton

I said to him, "Shall I tell you where the men are who believe most in themselves? For I can tell you. 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

Christendom has had a series of revolutions and in each one of them Christianity has died. Christianity has died many times and risen again; for it had a God who knew the way out of the grave. Gilbert K Chesterton

What was wonderful about childhood is that anything in it was a wonder. It was not merely a world full of miracles; it was a miraculous world. Gilbert K Chesterton

It is a mathematical fact that if a line be not perfectly directed towards a point, it will actually go further away from it as it comes nearer to it. Gilbert K Chesterton

Against a dark sky, all flowers look like fireworks. Gilbert K Chesterton

Nothing is so remote from us as the thing which is not old enough to be history and not new enough to be news. Gilbert K Chesterton

The mind moves by instincts, associations and premonitions and not by fixed dates or completed processes. Action and reaction will occur simultaneously: or the cause actually be found after the effect. Errors will be resisted before they have been properly promulgated: notions will be first defined long after they are dead. Gilbert K Chesterton

Every man speaks of public opinion, and means by public opinion, public opinion minus his opinion. Gilbert K Chesterton

When fishes flew and forests walked And figs grew upon thorn, Some moment when the moon was blood Then surely I was born. 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 real trouble with this world of ours is not that it is an unreasonable one. The trouble is that it is nearly reasonable, but not quite. Gilbert K Chesterton

A child's instinct is almost perfect in the matter of fighting. The child's hero is always the man or boy who defends himself suddenly and splendidly against aggression. Gilbert K Chesterton

No one can understand Paris and its history who does not understand that its fierceness is the balance and justification of its frivolity. It is called a city of pleasure; but it may also very specially be called a city of pain. The crown of roses is also a crown of thorns. Its people are too prone to hurt others, but quite ready also to hurt themselves. They are martyrs for religion, they are martyrs for irreligion; they are even martyrs for immorality. Gilbert K Chesterton

In our time the blasphemies are threadbare. Pessimism is now patently, as it always was essentially, more commonplace than piety. Profanity is now more than an affectation - it is a convention. The curse against God is Exercise I in the primer of minor poetry. Gilbert K Chesterton

Circumstances break men's bones; it has never been shown that they break men's optimism. Gilbert K Chesterton

The mere brute pleasure of reading [...] the sort of pleasure a cow must have in grazing. Gilbert K Chesterton

Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. Gilbert K Chesterton

To be simple is the best thing in the world. Gilbert K Chesterton

What are we going to do?" asked the Professor. "At this moment," said Syme, with a scientific detachment, "I think we are going to smash into a lamppost. Gilbert K Chesterton

somehow one must love the world without being worldly. Gilbert K Chesterton

The essence of all pantheism, evolutionism, and modern cosmic religion is really this proposition: that nature is our mother. Unfortunately, if you regard Nature as a mother, you discover she is a step-mother. Gilbert K Chesterton

God is like the sun; you cannot look at it, but without it you cannot look at anything else. Gilbert K Chesterton

Modern intelligence won't accept anything on authority. But it will accept anything without authority. Gilbert K Chesterton

A turkey is more occult and awful than all the angels and archangels. In so far as God has partly revealed to us an angelic world, he has partly told us what an angel means. But God has never told us what a turkey means. And if you go and stare at a live turkey for an hour or two, you will find by the end of it that the enigma has rather increased than diminished. Gilbert K Chesterton

It is cold anarchy to say that all men are to meddle in all men'smarriages. It is cold anarchy to say that any doctor may seize andsegregate anyone he likes. But it is not anarchy to say that a fewgreat hygienists might enclose or limit the life of all citizens,as nurses do with a family of children. It is not anarchy, it istyranny; but tyranny is a workable thing. Gilbert K Chesterton

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