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Wikipedia Summary for G. K. Chesterton

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936) was an English writer, philosopher, lay theologian, and literary and art critic. He has been referred to as the "prince of paradox". Time magazine observed of his writing style: "Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories—first carefully turning them inside out."Chesterton created the fictional priest-detective Father Brown, and wrote on apologetics. Even some of those who disagree with him have recognised the wide appeal of such works as Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man.

Chesterton routinely referred to himself as an "orthodox" Christian, and came to identify this position more and more with Catholicism, eventually converting to Catholicism from High Church Anglicanism. Biographers have identified him as a successor to such Victorian authors as Matthew Arnold, Thomas Carlyle, John Henry Newman, and John Ruskin. On his contributions, T. S. Eliot wrote:

He was importantly and consistently on the side of the angels. Behind the Johnsonian fancy-dress, so reassuring to the British public, he concealed the most serious and revolutionary designs—concealing them by exposure ... Chesterton's social and economic ideas...were fundamentally Christian and Catholic. He did more, I think, than any man of his time—and was able to do more than anyone else, because of his particular background, development and abilities as a public performer—to maintain the existence of the important minority in the modern world. He leaves behind a permanent claim upon our loyalty, to see that the work that he did in his time is continued in ours.

Quote: People who make history know nothing about history. You can see that in the sort of history they make. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of woman in black jacket standing near window
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People who make history know nothing about history. You can see that in the sort of history they make.


Quote: Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of black fishes
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Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.


Quote: I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of man and woman sitting on white bed reading book
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I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.


Quote: When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of grayscale photo of 2 men jumping on water
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When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.


Quote: Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances which we know to be desperate. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of aerial photo of foggy mountains
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Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances which we know to be desperate.


Quote: Hope means expectancy when things are otherwise hopeless. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of sunset and agave stalk
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Hope means expectancy when things are otherwise hopeless.


Quote: Against a dark sky, all flowers look like fireworks. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

Against a dark sky, all flowers look like fireworks.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Against a dark sky all flowers look like fireworks. There is something strange about them, at once vivid and secret, like flowers traced in fire in the phantasmal garden of a witch.


Quote: Exactly at the instant when hope ceases to be reasonable it begins to be useful. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of white concrete houses under blue sky at daytime
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Exactly at the instant when hope ceases to be reasonable it begins to be useful.


Quote: There's a lot of difference between listening and hearing. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

There's a lot of difference between listening and hearing.


Quote: The best kind of giving is thanksgiving. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of silhouette of grass under moonlight
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The best kind of giving is thanksgiving.


Quote: I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of person holding gray and beige roman numeral alarm clock
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I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean.


Quote: It is always the secure who are humble. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of painting of man walking down a road holding umbrella
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It is always the secure who are humble.


Quote: Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of green fruit in macro lens photography
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Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.


Quote: To be simple is the best thing in the world. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of woman holding Pug puppy
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To be simple is the best thing in the world.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

To be simple is the best thing in the world; to be modest is the next best thing. I am not sure about being quiet.


Quote: The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of three person looking stars and milky way
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The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it.


Quote: Brave men are all vertebrates; they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

Brave men are all vertebrates; they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle.


Quote: To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of tan wallpaper
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To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.


Quote: The only defensible war is a war of defense. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of battle tank on green grass field during daytime
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The only defensible war is a war of defense.


Quote: To say that a man is an idealist is merely to say that he is a man. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

To say that a man is an idealist is merely to say that he is a man.


Quote: 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. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

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.


Quote: Monotony has nothing to do with a place; monotony, either in its sensation or its infliction, is simply the quality of a person. There are no dreary sights; there are only dreary sight seers. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

Monotony has nothing to do with a place; monotony, either in its sensation or its infliction, is simply the quality of a person. There are no dreary sights; there are only dreary sight seers.


Quote: Tradition does not mean that the living are dead, but that the dead are living. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

Tradition does not mean that the living are dead, but that the dead are living.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Tradition does not mean a dead town; it does not mean that the living are dead but that the dead are alive. It means that it still matters what Penn did two hundred years ago or what Franklin did a hundred years ago; I never could feel in New York that it mattered what anybody did an hour ago.


Quote: Tradition may be defined as an extension of the franchise. Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

Tradition may be defined as an extension of the franchise. Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead.


Quote: Each generation is converted by the saint who contradicts it most. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

Each generation is converted by the saint who contradicts it most.


Quote: We are Christians and Catholics not because we worship a key, but because we have passed a door and felt the wind that is the trumpet of liberty blow over the land of the living. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

We are Christians and Catholics not because we worship a key, but because we have passed a door and felt the wind that is the trumpet of liberty blow over the land of the living.


Quote: The cross cannot be defeated for it is defeat. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

The cross cannot be defeated for it is defeat.


Quote: Theology is only thought applied to religion. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

Theology is only thought applied to religion.


Quote: A nation that has nothing but its amusements will not be amused for long. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

A nation that has nothing but its amusements will not be amused for long.


Quote: When you break the big laws, you do not get liberty; you do not even get anarchy. You get the small laws. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

When you break the big laws, you do not get liberty; you do not even get anarchy. You get the small laws.


Quote: Atheism is indeed the most daring of all dogmas ... for it is the assertion of a universal negative. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of G. K. Chesterton quote; white text on black background

Atheism is indeed the most daring of all dogmas ... for it is the assertion of a universal negative.


Quote: ONCE remove the old arena of theological quarrels, and you will throw open the whole world to the most horrible, the most hopeless, the most endless, the most truly interminable quarrels; the untheological quarrels. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

ONCE remove the old arena of theological quarrels, and you will throw open the whole world to the most horrible, the most hopeless, the most endless, the most truly interminable quarrels; the untheological quarrels.


Quote: Here ends another day, during which I have had eyes, ears, hands and the great world around me. Tomorrow begins another day. Why am I allowed two? by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

Here ends another day, during which I have had eyes, ears, hands and the great world around me. Tomorrow begins another day. Why am I allowed two?


Quote: Aristocracy: government by the badly educated. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

Aristocracy: government by the badly educated.


Quote: There are no wise few. Every aristocracy that has ever existed has behaved, in all essential points, exactly like a small mob. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

There are no wise few. Every aristocracy that has ever existed has behaved, in all essential points, exactly like a small mob.


Quote: Men spoke much in my boyhood about restricted or ruined men of genius: and it was common to say that many a man was a Great Might-Have-Been. To me it's a more solid and startling fact that any man in the street is a Great Might-Not-Have-Been. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

Men spoke much in my boyhood about restricted or ruined men of genius: and it was common to say that many a man was a Great Might-Have-Been. To me it's a more solid and startling fact that any man in the street is a Great Might-Not-Have-Been.


Quote: The great misfortune of the modern English is not at all that they are more boastful than other people (they are not); it is that they are boastful about those particular things which nobody can boast of without losing them. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

The great misfortune of the modern English is not at all that they are more boastful than other people (they are not); it is that they are boastful about those particular things which nobody can boast of without losing them.


Quote: There is no better test of a man's ultimate chivalry and integrity than how he behaves when he is wrong... A stiff apology is a second insult. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

There is no better test of a man's ultimate chivalry and integrity than how he behaves when he is wrong... A stiff apology is a second insult.


Quote: It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong.


Quote: Earth will grow worse till men redeem it, And wars more evil, ere all wars cease. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

Earth will grow worse till men redeem it, And wars more evil, ere all wars cease.


Quote: When men cease to believe in God, they will believe in anything. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

When men cease to believe in God, they will believe in anything.


Quote: It is better to speak wisdom foolishly like the saints than to speak folly wisely like the deans. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

It is better to speak wisdom foolishly like the saints than to speak folly wisely like the deans.


Quote: A cosmic philosophy is not constructed to fit a man; a cosmic philosophy is constructed to fit a cosmos. A man can no more possess a private religion than he can possess a private sun and moon. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

A cosmic philosophy is not constructed to fit a man; a cosmic philosophy is constructed to fit a cosmos. A man can no more possess a private religion than he can possess a private sun and moon.


Quote: 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. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

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.


Quote: But since he stood for England And knew what England means, Unless you give him bacon You must not give him beans. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

But since he stood for England And knew what England means, Unless you give him bacon You must not give him beans.


Quote: The human race is always trying this dodge of making everything entirely easy; but the difficulty which it shifts off one thing it shifts to another. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

The human race is always trying this dodge of making everything entirely easy; but the difficulty which it shifts off one thing it shifts to another.


Quote: I am at one with my duality. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

I am at one with my duality.


Quote: There are no boring subjects, only disinterested minds. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

There are no boring subjects, only disinterested minds.


Quote: Our digestions, going sacredly and silently right, that is the foundation of all poetry. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

Our digestions, going sacredly and silently right, that is the foundation of all poetry.




Quote: All the exaggerations are right, if they exaggerate the right thing. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

All the exaggerations are right, if they exaggerate the right thing.


Quote: The humorous look of children is perhaps the most endearing of all the bonds that hold the Cosmos together. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

The humorous look of children is perhaps the most endearing of all the bonds that hold the Cosmos together.


Quote: 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. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

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.


Quote: The man who lives in contact with what he believes to be a living Church is a man always expecting to meet Plato and Shakespeare tomorrow at breakfast. He is always expecting to see some truth that he has never seen before. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

The man who lives in contact with what he believes to be a living Church is a man always expecting to meet Plato and Shakespeare tomorrow at breakfast. He is always expecting to see some truth that he has never seen before.


Quote: The more truly we can see life as a fairytale, the more clearly the tale resolves itself into war with the dragon who is wasting fairyland. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

The more truly we can see life as a fairytale, the more clearly the tale resolves itself into war with the dragon who is wasting fairyland.


Quote: Youth is always too serious, and just now it is too serious about frivolity. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

Youth is always too serious, and just now it is too serious about frivolity.


Quote: He must not merely cling to life, for then he will be a coward, and will not escape. He must not merely wait for death, for then he will be a suicide, and will not escape. He must seek his life in a spirit of furious indifference to it. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

He must not merely cling to life, for then he will be a coward, and will not escape. He must not merely wait for death, for then he will be a suicide, and will not escape. He must seek his life in a spirit of furious indifference to it.


Quote: The ignorant pronounce it Frood To cavil or applaud The well-informed pronounce it Froyd But I pronounce it Fraud. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

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


Quote: For us who live in cities Nature is not natural. Nature is supernatural. Just as monks watched and strove to get a glimpse of heaven, so we watch and strive to get a glimpse of earth. It is as if men had cake and wine every day but were sometimes allowed common bread. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of G. K. Chesterton quote; white text on black background

For us who live in cities Nature is not natural. Nature is supernatural. Just as monks watched and strove to get a glimpse of heaven, so we watch and strive to get a glimpse of earth. It is as if men had cake and wine every day but were sometimes allowed common bread.


Quote: The central idea of poetry is the idea of guessing right, like a child. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

The central idea of poetry is the idea of guessing right, like a child.


Quote: There is, therefore, about all complete conviction a kind of huge helplessness. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

There is, therefore, about all complete conviction a kind of huge helplessness.


Quote: We are learning to do a great many clever things. The next great task will be to learn not to do them. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

We are learning to do a great many clever things. The next great task will be to learn not to do them.


Quote: It is only great men who take up a great space by not being there. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

It is only great men who take up a great space by not being there.


Quote: I tell you naught for your comfort, Yea, naught for your desire, Save that the sky grows darker yet And the sea rises higher. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

I tell you naught for your comfort, Yea, naught for your desire, Save that the sky grows darker yet And the sea rises higher.


Quote: Because our expression is imperfect we need friendship to fill up the imperfections. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

Because our expression is imperfect we need friendship to fill up the imperfections.


Quote: Education is implication. It is not the things you say which children

respect; when you say things, they very commonly laugh and do the opposite.

It is the things you assume which really sink into them. It is the things

you forget even to teach that they learn. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of G. K. Chesterton quote; white text on black background

Education is implication. It is not the things you say which children

respect; when you say things, they very commonly laugh and do the opposite.

It is the things you assume which really sink into them. It is the things

you forget even to teach that they learn.


Quote: Your offer, he said, is far too idiotic to be declined. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

Your offer, he said, is far too idiotic to be declined.


Quote: Every work of art has one indispensable mark ... the center of it is simple, however much the fulfillment may be complicated. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

Every work of art has one indispensable mark ... the center of it is simple, however much the fulfillment may be complicated.


Quote: Idolatry is when you worship what you should use, and use what you should worship. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

Idolatry is when you worship what you should use, and use what you should worship.


Quote: Ingratitude is surely the chief of the intellectual sins of man. He takes his political benefits for granted, just as he takes the skies and the seasons for granted. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

Ingratitude is surely the chief of the intellectual sins of man. He takes his political benefits for granted, just as he takes the skies and the seasons for granted.


Quote: What we call emancipation is always and of necessity simply the free choice of the soul between one set of limitations and another. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

What we call emancipation is always and of necessity simply the free choice of the soul between one set of limitations and another.


Quote: Savages and modern artists are alike strangely driven to create something uglier than themselves. but the artists find it harder. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

Savages and modern artists are alike strangely driven to create something uglier than themselves. but the artists find it harder.


Quote: The moderns do not realize modernity. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

The moderns do not realize modernity.


Quote: Nothing can ever overcome that one enormous sex (female) superiority that even the male child is born closer to his mother than to his father. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

Nothing can ever overcome that one enormous sex (female) superiority that even the male child is born closer to his mother than to his father.


Quote: I've searched all the parks in all the cities -- and found no statues of Committees. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

I've searched all the parks in all the cities -- and found no statues of Committees.


Quote: Be careful how you suggest things to me. For there is in me a madness which goes beyond martyrdom, the madness of an utterly idle man. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

Be careful how you suggest things to me. For there is in me a madness which goes beyond martyrdom, the madness of an utterly idle man.


Quote: When the chord of monotony is stretched to its tightest, it breaks with the sound of a song. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

When the chord of monotony is stretched to its tightest, it breaks with the sound of a song.


Quote: Every man speaks of public opinion, and means by public opinion, public opinion minus his opinion. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

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


Quote: Every remedy is a desperate remedy. Every cure is a miraculous cure. Curing a madman is not arguing with a philosopher; it is casting out a devil. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

Every remedy is a desperate remedy. Every cure is a miraculous cure. Curing a madman is not arguing with a philosopher; it is casting out a devil.


Quote: 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. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

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.


Quote: Nine out of ten of what we call new ideas are simply old mistakes. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

Nine out of ten of what we call new ideas are simply old mistakes.


Quote: To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.


Quote: Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.


Quote: There are an infinity of angles at which one falls, only one at which one stands. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

There are an infinity of angles at which one falls, only one at which one stands.


Quote: And we were angry and poor and happy, And proud of seeing our names in print. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

And we were angry and poor and happy, And proud of seeing our names in print.


Quote: I have myself a poetical enthusiasm for pigs, and the paradise of my fancy is one where pigs have wings. But it is only men, especially wise men, who discuss whether pigs can fly; we have no particular proof that pigs ever discuss it. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

I have myself a poetical enthusiasm for pigs, and the paradise of my fancy is one where pigs have wings. But it is only men, especially wise men, who discuss whether pigs can fly; we have no particular proof that pigs ever discuss it.


Quote: Joy, which was the small publicity of the pagan, is the gigantic secret of the Christian. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

Joy, which was the small publicity of the pagan, is the gigantic secret of the Christian.


Quote: I still think sincere pessimism the unpardonable sin. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

I still think sincere pessimism the unpardonable sin.


Quote: When a woman puts up her fists to a man she is putting herself in the only posture in which he is not afraid of her. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

When a woman puts up her fists to a man she is putting herself in the only posture in which he is not afraid of her.


Quote: And pray where in earth or heaven are there prudent marriages-Might as well talk about prudent suicides. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

And pray where in earth or heaven are there prudent marriages-Might as well talk about prudent suicides.


Quote: 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. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

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.


Quote: I am the fool in this story, and no rebel shall hurl me from my throne. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

I am the fool in this story, and no rebel shall hurl me from my throne.


Quote: One can sometimes do good by being the right person in the wrong place. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

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


Quote: It is quite an old-fashioned fallacy to suppose that our objection to scepticism is that it removes the discipline from life. Our objection to scepticism is that it removes the motive power. Materialism is not a thing which destroys mere restraint. Materialism itself is the great restraint. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of G. K. Chesterton quote: It is quite an old-fashioned fallacy to suppose that our objection to scepticism is that it removes the discipline from life. Our objection to scepticism is that it removes the motive power. Materialism is not a thing which destroys mere restraint. Materialism itself is the great restraint.- black text on quotes background

It is quite an old-fashioned fallacy to suppose that our objection to scepticism is that it removes the discipline from life. Our objection to scepticism is that it removes the motive power. Materialism is not a thing which destroys mere restraint. Materialism itself is the great restraint.


Quote: Realism is simply Romanticism that has lost its reason...that is its reason for existing. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

Realism is simply Romanticism that has lost its reason...that is its reason for existing.


Quote: Marxism: The theory that all the important things in history are rooted in an economic motive, that history is a science, a science of the search for food. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

Marxism: The theory that all the important things in history are rooted in an economic motive, that history is a science, a science of the search for food.


Quote: It's not that we don't have enough scoundrels to curse; it's that we don't have enough good men to curse them. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

It's not that we don't have enough scoundrels to curse; it's that we don't have enough good men to curse them.


Quote: The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

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




Quote: If we want to give poor people soap we must set out deliberately to give them luxuries. If we will not make them rich enough to be clean, then empathically we must do what we did with the saints. We must reverence them for being dirty. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

If we want to give poor people soap we must set out deliberately to give them luxuries. If we will not make them rich enough to be clean, then empathically we must do what we did with the saints. We must reverence them for being dirty.


Quote: The State did not own men so entirely, even when it could send them to the stake, as it sometimes does now where it can send them to the elementary school. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of photo of author G. K. Chesterton with quote

The State did not own men so entirely, even when it could send them to the stake, as it sometimes does now where it can send them to the elementary school.


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