Gilbert K Chesterton Quotes & Wallpapers

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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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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Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions. Gilbert K Chesterton
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When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs? Gilbert K Chesterton
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The trouble with always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do without destroying the health of the mind. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We make our friends; we make our enemies; but God makes our next door neighbour. Gilbert K Chesterton
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People generally quarrel because they cannot argue. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Those thinkers who cannot believe in any gods often assert that the love of humanity would be in itself sufficient for them; and so, perhaps, it would, if they had it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated. Gilbert K Chesterton
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We call a man a bigot or a slave of dogma because he is a thinker who has thought thoroughly and to a definite end. Gilbert K Chesterton
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You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Artistic temperament is the disease that afflicts amateurs. Gilbert K Chesterton
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When we really worship anything, we love not only its clearness but its obscurity. We exult in its very invisibility. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Science in the modern world has many uses; its chief use, however, is to provide long words to cover the errors of the rich. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The man who throws a bomb is an artist, because he prefers a great moment to everything. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Man is an exception, whatever else he is. If he is not the image of God, then he is a disease of the dust. If it is not true that a divine being fell, then we can only say that one of the animals went entirely off its head. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Being 'contented' ought to mean in English, as it does in French, being pleased. Being content with an attic ought not to mean being unable to move from it and resigned to living in it; it ought to mean appreciating all there is in such a position. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person. Gilbert K Chesterton
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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
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Truths turn into dogmas the minute they are disputed. Gilbert K Chesterton
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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
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[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
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He is a very shallow critic who cannot see an eternal rebel in the heart of a conservative. Gilbert K Chesterton
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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
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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
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Too much capitalism does not mean too many capitalists, but too few capitalists. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The only object of liberty is life. Gilbert K Chesterton
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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
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Shouldn't atheist have an equal obligation to explain pleasure in a world of randomness. Where does pleasure come from? Gilbert K Chesterton
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Acceptance is the truest kinship with humanity. Gilbert K Chesterton
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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
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When you have really exhausted an experience you always reverence and love it. Gilbert K Chesterton
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Mysticism keeps mankind sane. As long as you have mystery you have health; when you destroy mystery you create morbidity. Gilbert K Chesterton
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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One can sometimes do good by being the right person in the wrong place. Gilbert K Chesterton
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The telescope makes the world smaller; it is only the microscope that makes it larger. Gilbert K Chesterton
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There are no new ideas. Gilbert K Chesterton
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I had always felt life first as a story: and if there is a story there is a story-teller Gilbert K Chesterton
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Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home. Gilbert K Chesterton
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Against a dark sky, all flowers look like fireworks. Gilbert K Chesterton
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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
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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
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