Gilbert K Chesterton Quotes & Wallpapers

Gilbert K Chesterton
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We're all in the same boat, and we're all seasick. Gilbert K Chesterton

When "everyone knows" that something is so, it is always more interesting and often illuminating to assumeexactly the opposite, and to see where that leads. Gilbert K Chesterton

What the world wants, what the world is waiting for, is not Modern Poetry or Classical Poetry or Neo-Classical Poetry - but Good Poetry. And the dreadful disreputable doubt, which stirs in my own skeptical mind, is doubt about whether it would really matter much what style a poet chose to write in, in any period, as long as he wrote Good poetry. Gilbert K Chesterton

You may think a crime horrible because you could never commit it. I think it is horrible because I could commit it. Gilbert K Chesterton

The grinding power of the plain words of the Gospel story is like the power of mill-stones, and those who can read them simply enough will feel as if rocks had been rolled upon them. Gilbert K Chesterton

The full potentialities of human fury cannot be reached until a friend of both parties tactfully interferes. Gilbert K Chesterton

There is more simplicity in the man who eats caviar on impulse than in the man who eats Grape Nuts on principle. Gilbert K Chesterton

To be in the weakest camp is to be in the strongest school. Gilbert K Chesterton

All but the hard-hearted must be torn with pity for this pathetic dilemma of the rich man, who has to keep the poor man just stout enough to do the work and just thin enough to have to do it. Gilbert K Chesterton

The human race, to which so many of my readers belong, has been playing at children's games from the beginning, and will probably do it till the end, which is a nuisance for the few people who grow up. Gilbert K Chesterton

I like the Cyclostyle ink; it is so inky. I do not think there is anyone who takes quite such a fierce pleasure in things being themselves as I do. The startling wetness of water excites and intoxicates me: the fieriness of fire, the steeliness of steel, the unutterable muddiness of mud. It is just the same with people.... When we call a man "manly" or a woman "womanly" we touch the deepest philosophy. Gilbert K Chesterton

The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man. Gilbert K Chesterton

The determining bulk of Scotch people had heard of golf ever since they had heard of God and often considered the two as of equal importance. Gilbert K Chesterton

Moderate strength is shown in violence, supreme strength is shown in levity. Gilbert K Chesterton

Government has become ungovernable; that is, it cannot leave off governing. Law has become lawless; that is, it cannot see where laws should stop. The chief feature of our time is the meekness of the mob and the madness of the government. Gilbert K Chesterton

Unless a man becomes the enemy of an evil, he will not even become its slave but rather its champion. Gilbert K Chesterton

In dealing with the arrogant asserter of doubt, it is not the right method to tell him to stop doubting. It is rather the right method to tell him to go on doubting, to doubt a little more, to doubt every day newer and wilder things in the universe, until at last, by some strange enlightenment, he may begin to doubt himself. Gilbert K Chesterton

A great city is the place to escape the true drama of provincial life, and find solace in fantasy. Gilbert K Chesterton

There are many ways to fall down, but there's only one way to stand up straight. Gilbert K Chesterton

All things are from God; and above all, reason and imagination and the great gifts of the mind. They are good in themselves; and we must not altogether forget their origin even in their perversion. Gilbert K Chesterton

The cross cannot be defeated for it is defeat. Gilbert K Chesterton

For religion all men are equal, as all pennies are equal, because the only value of any of them is that they bear the image of the king. Gilbert K Chesterton

Nobody notices postmen, yet they have passions like other men. Gilbert K Chesterton

The strangest whim has seized me ... After all I think I will not hang myself today. Gilbert K Chesterton

O God of earth and altar, Bow down and hear our cry, Our earthly rulers falter, Our people drift and die; The walls of gold entomb us, The swords of scorn divide, Take not thy thunder from us, But take away our pride. Gilbert K Chesterton

A faith is that which is able to survive a mood. Gilbert K Chesterton

It is much easier to write a good Times leading article than a good joke in Punch. Gilbert K Chesterton

The theory of free speech, that truth is so much larger and stranger and more many-sided than we know of, that it is very much better at all costs to hear everyone's account of it, is a theory which has been justified on the whole by experiment, but which remains a very daring and even a very surprising theory. It is really one of the great discoveries of the modern time. Gilbert K Chesterton

Forms of expression always appear turgid to those who do not share the emotions they represent. Gilbert K Chesterton

Art is born when the temporary touches the eternal. Gilbert K Chesterton

Nothing taken for granted; everything received with gratitude; everything passed on with grace. Gilbert K Chesterton

I may not practice what I preach but God forbid I should preach what I practice Gilbert K Chesterton

How much larger your life would be if you were smaller in it... Gilbert K Chesterton

All real democracy is an attempt like that of a jolly hostess to bring the shy people out. Gilbert K Chesterton

I should favour anything that would increase the present enormous authority of women and their creative action in their own homes. The average woman...is a despot; the average man is a serf. Gilbert K Chesterton

Art is the signature of man. Gilbert K Chesterton

Individually, men may present a more or less rational appearance, eating, sleeping, and scheming. But humanity a a whole is changeful, mystical, fickle, delightful. Men are men, but Man is a woman. Gilbert K Chesterton

All we know of the Missing Link is that he is missing - and he won't be missed either. Gilbert K Chesterton

Wherever there is animal worship, there is human sacrifice. Gilbert K Chesterton

Why should ANYTHING go right; even observation and deduction? Why should not good logic be as misleading as bad logic? They are both movements in the brain of a bewildered ape? Gilbert K Chesterton

A fad or heresy is the exaltation of something which even if true, is secondary or temporary in its nature against those things which are essential and eternal, those things which always prove themselves true in the long run. In short, it is the setting up of the mood against the mind. Gilbert K Chesterton

The sort of man who admires Italian art while despising Italian religion is a tourist and a cad. Gilbert K Chesterton

Christianity, whatever else it is, is an explosion. Unless it is sensational there is simply no sense in it. Unless the Gospel sounds like a gun going off it has not been uttered at all. Gilbert K Chesterton

THERE are no wise few; for in all men rages the folly of the Fall. Take your strongest, happiest, handsomest, best born, best bred, best instructed men on earth and give them special power for half an hour and because they are men they will begin to [perform] badly ... Gilbert K Chesterton

The truth is that it is our attitude towards children that is right, and our attitude towards grown-up people that is wrong. Gilbert K Chesterton

Beware of no man more than yourself; we carry our worst enemies within us. Gilbert K Chesterton

Don't ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up. Gilbert K Chesterton

It has often been said, very truly, that religion is the thing that makes the ordinary man feel extraordinary; it is an equally important truth that religion is the thing that makes the extraordinary man feel ordinary. Gilbert K Chesterton

Fairy-tales do not give a child his first idea of bogy. What fairy-tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogy. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairytale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon. Gilbert K Chesterton

Our civilization has decided, and very justly decided, that determining the guilt or innocence of men is a thing too important to be trusted to trained men.... When it wants a library catalogued, or the solar system discovered, or any trifle of that kind, it uses up its specialists. But when it wishes anything done which is really serious, it collects twelve of the ordinary men standing round. The same thing was done, if I remember right, by the Founder of Christianity. Gilbert K Chesterton

What embitters the world is not excess of criticism, but absence of self-criticism. 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

My country, right or wrong' is a thing that no patriot would think of saying, except in a desperate case. It is like saying, 'My mother, drunk or sober'. Gilbert K Chesterton

Silver is sometimes more valuable than gold, that is, in large quantities. Gilbert K Chesterton

We are talking about an artist; and for the enjoyment of the artist the mask must be to some extent moulded on the face. What he makes outside him must correspond to something inside him; he can only make his effects out of some of the materials of his soul. Gilbert K Chesterton

A great deal of contemporary criticism reads to me like a man saying: Of course I do not like green cheese: I am very fond of brown sherry. Gilbert K Chesterton

The Museum is not meant for the wanderer to see by accident or for the pilgrim to see with awe. It is meant for the mere slave of a routine of self-education to stuff himself with every sort of incongruous intellectual food in one indigestible meal... Gilbert K Chesterton

Carlyle said that men were mostly fools. Christianity, with a surer and more reverend realism, says that they are all fools. Gilbert K Chesterton

Literature has always been allegorical. Gilbert K Chesterton

The man who sees consistency in things is a wit; the man who sees the inconsistency in things is a humorist. Gilbert K Chesterton

There is nothing that fails like success. Gilbert K Chesterton

There is no skeptic who does not feel that men have doubted before, but no man in love thinks that anyone has been in love before. 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 around. Gilbert K Chesterton

The rolling English drunkard made the rolling English road. A reeling road, a rolling road, that rambles round the shire. Gilbert K Chesterton

He could not think up to the height of his own towering style. 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. Gilbert K Chesterton

If an angel out of heaven Brings you other things to drink, Thank him for his kind attentions, Go and pour them down the sink. Gilbert K Chesterton

Smile at us, pay us, pass us; but do not quite forget. For we are the people of England, that never have spoken yet. Gilbert K Chesterton

[Fairy tales] make rivers run with wine only to make us remember, for one wild moment, that they run with water. Gilbert K Chesterton

Free verse is like free love; it is a contradiction in terms. Gilbert K Chesterton



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