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In matters of truth the fact that you don't want ...
by 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 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

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

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

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


 

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

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

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

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

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

Love means to love that which is unlovable;
or it is no virtue at all.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Nothing is poetical if plain daylight is not poetical;
and no monster should amaze us if the normal man does not amaze.
- 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

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

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

True contentment is a thing as active as agriculture.
It is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it.
It is arduous and it is rare.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

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

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

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

It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

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

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

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

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

Never invoke the gods unless you really want them to appear.
It annoys them very much.
- 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 really worship anything, we love not only its
clearness but its obscurity.
We exult in its very invisibility.
- 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

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

The only defensible war is a war of defense.
- 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

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

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

'My country, right or wrong' is a thing no patriot
would ever think of saying except in a desperate case.
It is like saying 'My mother, drunk or sober.'
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Fable is more historical than fact, because fact tells
us about one man and fable tells us about a million men.
- 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

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

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

Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger
of taking educated people seriously.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Coincidences are spiritual puns.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

Artistic temperament is the disease that afflicts amateurs.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

With any recovery from morbidity there must go a certain healthy humiliation.
- 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 man who throws a bomb is an artist,
because he prefers a great moment to everything.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

New roads; new ruts.
- 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

The simplification of anything is always sensational.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The ordinary scientific man is strictly a sentimentalist.
He is a sentimentalist in this essential sense,
that he is soaked and swept away by mere associations.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

Buddhism is not a creed, it is a doubt.
- 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

If I had only one sermon to preach it would be a sermon against pride.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

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

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


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