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The traveler sees what he sees,
by Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

Related topics: Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology Travel World Observation Attention

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

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

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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

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


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Buddhism is not a creed, it is a doubt.
- 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 honest poor can sometimes forget poverty.
The honest rich can never forget 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is as healthy to enjoy sentiment as to enjoy jam.
- 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

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

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

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

To love means loving the unlovable.
To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable.
Faith means believing the unbelievable.
Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Those thinkers who cannot believe in any gods often
assert that the love of humanity would be in itself sufficient for them;
and so,
perhaps, it would, if they had it.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

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

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

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

All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.
- 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

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

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

A room without books is like a body without a soul.
- 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

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

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

The most dangerous criminal now is the entirely lawless modern philosopher.
Compared to him, burglars and bigamists are essentially moral men.
- 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 only defensible war is a war of defense.
- 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

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

The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little
careless of his life even in order to keep it.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

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

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 new philosophy generally means in practice the praise of some old vice.
- 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 businessman is the only man who is forever apologizing for his occupation.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Journalism largely consists of saying "Lord Jones is
Dead" to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton


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