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

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

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

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

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

Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes
from one generation to another.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

All architecture is great architecture after sunset;
perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art,
like the art of fireworks.
- 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.
- 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.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The present condition of fame is merely fashion.
- 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

Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

To be clever enough to get all that money,
one must be stupid enough to want it.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

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

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

The aim of life is appreciation; there is no sense
in not appreciating things;
and there is no sense in having more of them if you
have less appreciation of them.
- 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

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

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

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

Some men never feel small, but these are the few men who are.
- 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

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

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

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

When we really worship anything, we love not only its
clearness but its obscurity.
We exult in its very invisibility.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

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

Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.
- 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

Man seems to be capable of great virtues but not of small virtues;
capable of defying his torturer but not of keeping his temper.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Ritual will always mean throwing away something:
destroying our corn or wine upon the altar of our gods.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The only defensible war is a war of defense.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The fatal metaphor of progress, which means leaving things behind us,
has utterly obscured the real idea of growth,
which means leaving things inside us.
- 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

Experience which was once claimed by the aged is now
claimed exclusively by the young.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The family is the test of freedom; because the family
is the only thing that the free man makes for himself and by himself.
- 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 only way to be sure of catching a train is to miss the one before it.
- 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

What affects men sharply about a foreign nation is
not so much finding or not finding familiar things;
it is rather not finding them in the familiar place.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Never invoke the gods unless you really want them to appear.
It annoys them very much.
- 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

The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly;
the rich have always objected to being governed at all.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

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

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

The honest poor can sometimes forget poverty.
The honest rich can never forget it.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

Large organization is loose organization.
Nay, it would be almost as true to say that organization
is always disorganization.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

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

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

In matters of truth the fact that you don't want to publish something is,
nine times out of ten, a proof that you ought to publish it.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The purpose of Compulsory Education is to deprive the
common people of their commonsense.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Compromise used to mean that half a loaf was better than no bread.
Among modern statesmen it really seems to mean that half a loaf;
is better than a whole loaf.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton


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