gilbert k. chesterton Quotes

People wonder why the novel is the most popular form of literature; people wonder why it is read more than books of science or books of metaphysics. The reason is very simple; it is merely that the novel is more true than they are.
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— Gilbert K. Chesterton
It is absurd for the Evolutionist to complain that it is unthinkable for an admittedly unthinkable God to make everything out of nothing, and then pretend that it is more thinkable that nothing should turn itself into everything.
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— Gilbert K. Chesterton
Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.
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— Gilbert K. Chesterton
Dear Sir: Regarding your article 'What's Wrong with the World?' I am. Yours truly,
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— Gilbert K. Chesterton
Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.
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— Gilbert K. Chesterton
It [feminism] is mixed up with a muddled idea that women are free when they serve their employers but slaves when they help their husbands.
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— 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.
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— Gilbert K. Chesterton
The word "good" has many meanings. For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of five hundred yards, I should call him a good shot, but not necessarily a good man.
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— Gilbert K. Chesterton
If there were no God, there would be no atheists.
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— Gilbert K. Chesterton
To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.
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— Gilbert K. Chesterton
To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.
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— Gilbert K. Chesterton
An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.
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— Gilbert K. Chesterton
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
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— Gilbert K. Chesterton
There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.
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— Gilbert K. Chesterton
The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people.
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— Gilbert K. Chesterton
The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.
— Gilbert K. Chesterton
There is the great lesson of 'Beauty and the Beast,' that a thing must be loved before it is lovable.
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— Gilbert K. Chesterton
The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.
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— Gilbert K. Chesterton
Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.
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— Gilbert K. Chesterton
There are no uninteresting things, only uninterested people.
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— Gilbert K. Chesterton
Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.
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— Gilbert K. Chesterton
I am not absentminded. It is the presence of mind that makes me unaware of everything else.
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— Gilbert K. Chesterton
The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.
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— Gilbert K. Chesterton
Journalism largely consists of saying 'Lord Jones is Dead' to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.
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— Gilbert K. Chesterton
The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.
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— Gilbert K. Chesterton
There is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect.
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— Gilbert K. Chesterton
Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.
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— Gilbert K. Chesterton
To be clever enough to get all that money, one must be stupid enough to want it.
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— Gilbert K. Chesterton
Large organization is loose organization. Nay, it would be almost as true to say that organization is always disorganization.
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— Gilbert K. Chesterton
If I can put one touch of rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God.
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— Gilbert K. Chesterton
The simplification of anything is always sensational.
— Gilbert K. Chesterton
The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land.
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— Gilbert K. Chesterton
I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles.
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— Gilbert K. Chesterton
Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.
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— Gilbert K. Chesterton
There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read.
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— Gilbert K. Chesterton
There is nothing the matter with Americans except their ideals. The real American is all right; it is the ideal American who is all wrong.
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— Gilbert K. Chesterton
Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.
— 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.
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— Gilbert K. Chesterton
Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.
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— Gilbert K. Chesterton
Man does not live by soap alone; and hygiene, or even health, is not much good unless you can take a healthy view of it or, better still, feel a healthy indifference to it.
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— Gilbert K. Chesterton
gilbert k. chesterton
Birth    : May 29, 1874
Death  : June 14, 1936
Occupation  : Writer