Gilbert K Chesterton Quotes (109 quotations)

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1. A dead thing goes with the stream. Only a living thing can go against it. - Gilbert K Chesterton

2. A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author. - Gilbert K Chesterton

3. A large section of the intelligentsia seems wholly devoid of intelligence. - Gilbert K Chesterton

4. A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things. - Gilbert K Chesterton

5. A room without books is like a body without a soul. - Gilbert K Chesterton

6. A yawn is a silent shout. - Gilbert K Chesterton

7. All conservatism is based upon the idea that if you leave things alone you leave them as they are. But you do not. If you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change. - Gilbert K Chesterton

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

9. An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered. - Gilbert K Chesterton

10. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered. - Gilbert K Chesterton

11. And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow. - Gilbert K Chesterton

12. Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame. - Gilbert K Chesterton

13. Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere. - Gilbert K Chesterton

14. Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere. - Gilbert K Chesterton

15. As regards moral courage, then, it is not so much that the public schools support it feebly, as that they suppress it firmly. - Gilbert K Chesterton

16. Brave men are all vertebrates; they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle. - Gilbert K Chesterton

17. But a somewhat more liberal and sympathetic examination of mankind will convince us that the cross is even older than the gibbet, that voluntary suffering was before and independent of compulsory; and in short that in most important matters a man has always been free to ruin himself if he chose. - Gilbert K Chesterton

18. By a curious confusion, many modern critics have passed from the proposition that a masterpiece may be unpopular to the other proposition that unless it is unpopular it cannot be a masterpiece. - Gilbert K Chesterton

19. Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult, and not tried. - Gilbert K Chesterton

20. Coincidences are spiritual puns. - Gilbert K Chesterton

21. Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die. - Gilbert K Chesterton

22. Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated. - Gilbert K Chesterton

23. Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel. - Gilbert K Chesterton

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

25. Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable. - Gilbert K Chesterton

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