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Art consists of limitation.
by Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

Related topics: Art

There is a road from the eye to heart
that does not go through the intellect.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The traveler sees what he sees,
the tourist sees what he has come to see.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton PHOTO

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

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Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme
experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

No man who worships education has got the best out of education...
Without a gentle contempt for education no man's education is complete.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton


 

A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes
from one generation to another.
- 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.
- 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 that arrogant oligarchy
who merely happen to be walking around.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Chastity does not mean abstention from sexual wrong;
it means something flaming,
like Joan of Arc.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

And they that rule in England, in stately conclaves met,
alas, alas for England they have no graves as yet.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

There is but an inch of difference between a cushioned
chamber and a padded cell.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

One sees great things from the valley;
only small things from the peak.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

I've searched all the parks in all the cities and found
no statues of committees.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The whole order of things is as outrageous as any miracle
which could presume to violate it.
- 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.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

What people call impartiality may simply mean indifference,
and what people call partiality may simply mean mental activity.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

If you do not understand a man you cannot crush him.
And if you do understand him, very probably you will not.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Once I planned to write a book of poems entirely about the things in my pocket.
But I found it would be too long; and the age of the great epics is past.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought,
and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Women prefer to talk in twos, while men prefer to talk in threes.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

People who make history know nothing about history.
You can see that in the sort of history they make.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Education is the period during which you are being
instructed by somebody you do not know,
about something you do not want to know.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

A stiff apology is a second insult...
The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged;
he wants to be healed because he has been hurt.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

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

The only way of catching a train I have ever discovered
is to miss the train before.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Coincidences are spiritual puns.
- 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.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Happiness is a mystery, like religion,
and should never be rationalised.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Men feel that cruelty to the poor is a kind of cruelty to animals.
They never feel that it is an injustice to equals;
nay it is treachery to comrades.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

A new philosophy generally means in practice the praise of some old vice.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Half a truth is better than no politics.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth,
is to shut it again on something solid.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

It is as healthy to enjoy sentiment as to enjoy jam.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The perplexity of life arises from there being too
many interesting things in it for us to be interested properly in any of them.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

It isn't that they can't see the solution.
It is that they can't see the problem.
- 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.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

We are justified in enforcing good morals,
for they belong to all mankind; but we are not justified
in enforcing good manners,
for good manners always mean our own manners.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

The vulgar man is always the most distinguished,
for the very desire to be distinguished is vulgar.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The most dangerous criminal now is the entirely lawless modern philosopher.
Compared to him, burglars and bigamists are essentially moral men.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego;
the self is more distant than any star.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The present condition of fame is merely fashion.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

Cruelty is, perhaps, the worst kid of sin.
Intellectual cruelty is certainly the worst kind of cruelty.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

A businessman is the only man who is forever apologizing for his occupation.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The true object of all human life is play.
Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The greenhorn is the ultimate victor in everything;
it is he that gets the most out of life.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

New roads; new ruts.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Thieves respect property.
They merely wish the property to become their property
that they may more perfectly respect it.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject;
the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

When it comes to life the critical thing is whether
you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice,
and then going away and doing the exact opposite.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The cosmos is about the smallest hole that a man can hide his head in.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

I was planning to go into architecture.
But when I arrived, architecture was filled up.
Acting was right next to it, so I signed up for acting instead.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton


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