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G. K. Chesterton
G. K. Chesterton
(1874 - 1936)
British Writer and Journalist.
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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.
- G. K. Chesterton | America and Americans Quotes
Artistic temperament is a disease that afflicts amateurs.
- G. K. Chesterton | Art and the Artist Quotes
Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers.
- G. K. Chesterton | Conversation Quotes
The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it.
- G. K. Chesterton | Courage and Bravery Quotes
Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
- G. K. Chesterton | Democracy Quotes
There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect.
- G. K. Chesterton | Enemies Quotes
Leisure is being allowed to do nothing.
- G. K. Chesterton | Enjoyment and Pleasure Quotes
We make our friends; we make our enemies; but God makes our next-door neighbour.
- G. K. Chesterton | Friends and Friendship Quotes
The word 'good' has many meanings. For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of five hundred yards, I should call him a good shot, but not necessarily a good man.
- G. K. Chesterton | Goodness and Giving Quotes
Happiness is a mystery like religion, and it should never be rationalized.
- G. K. Chesterton | Happiness Quotes
Of all modern notions, the worst is this: that domesticity is dull. Inside the home, they say, is dead decorum and routine; outside is adventure and variety. But the truth is that the home is the only place of liberty, the only spot on earth where a man can alter arrangements suddenly, make an experiment or indulge in a whim. The home is not the one tame place in a world of adventure; it is the one wild place in a world of rules and set tasks.
- G. K. Chesterton | The Home Quotes
A tragedy means always a man's struggle with that which is stronger than man.
- G. K. Chesterton | Life Quotes
Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers.
- G. K. Chesterton | Men and Women Quotes
I am not absent-minded. It is the presence of mind that makes me unaware of everything else.
- G. K. Chesterton | The Mind Quotes
Merely having an open mind is nothing. The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.
- G. K. Chesterton | The Mind Quotes
A great city is the place to escape the true drama of provincial life, and find solace in fantasy.
- G. K. Chesterton | Mistakes and Blunders Quotes
To be clever enough to get all that money, one must be stupid enough to want it.
- G. K. Chesterton | Money Quotes
Music with dinner is an insult, both to the cook and the violinist.
- G. K. Chesterton | Music Quotes
Is dishwater dull? Naturalists with microscopes have told me that it teems with quiet fun.
- G. K. Chesterton | Nature Quotes
Large organization is loose organization. Nay, it would be almost as true to say that organization is always disorganization.
- G. K. Chesterton | Order and Organization Quotes
The mind that finds its way to wild places is the poet's; but the mind that never finds its way back is the lunatic's.
- G. K. Chesterton | Poets and Poetry Quotes
New roads; new ruts.
- G. K. Chesterton | Progress Quotes
Psychoanalysis is confession without absolution.
- G. K. Chesterton | Psychiatry Quotes
Angels fly because they take themselves lightly.
- G. K. Chesterton | Quips and Comments Quotes
Facts as facts do not always create a spirit of reality, because reality is a spirit.
- G. K. Chesterton | Reality Quotes
When people cease to believe in God, they don't believe in nothing; they believe in anything.
- G. K. Chesterton | Religion Quotes
One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self is more distant than any star.
- G. K. Chesterton | Self and Self-Knowledge Quotes
Silence is the unbearable repartee.
- G. K. Chesterton | Silence Quotes
The classes that wash most are those that work least.
- G. K. Chesterton | Society and Social Quotes
A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying.
- G. K. Chesterton | Speakers and Speeches Quotes
One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.
- G. K. Chesterton | Travel and Travellers Quotes
A man must love a thing very much if he not only practises it without any hope of fame and money, but even practises it without any hope of doing it well.
- G. K. Chesterton | Work Quotes
The true object of all human life is play.
- G. K. Chesterton | Happiness Quotes
No man can be merry unless he is serious.
- G. K. Chesterton | Happiness Quotes
Happy is he who still loves something he loved in the nursery: He has not been broken in two by time; he is not two men, but one, and he has saved not only his soul, but his life.
- G. K. Chesterton | Happiness Quotes
Acceptance is the truest kinship with humanity.
- G. K. Chesterton | Acceptance Quotes
Forgiving means to pardon the unpardonable, faith means believing the unbelievable, and hoping means to hope when things are hopeless.
- G. K. Chesterton | Forgiveness Quotes
You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.
- G. K. Chesterton | Forgiveness Quotes
It matters very little whether a man is discontented in the name of pessimism or progress, if his discontent does in fact paralyse his power of appreciating what he has got.
- G. K. Chesterton | Forgiveness Quotes
The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.
- G. K. Chesterton | Forgiveness Quotes
True contentment... is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it. It is arduous, and it is rare.
- G. K. Chesterton | Forgiveness Quotes
The historic glory of America lies in the fact that it is the one nation that was founded like a church. That is, it was founded on a faith that was not merely summed up after it had exited, but was defined before it existed.
- G. K. Chesterton | Faith and Unity Quotes
One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self is more distant than any star.
- G. K. Chesterton | Self-Knowledge Quotes
To be simple is the best thing in the world.
- G. K. Chesterton | Simplicity Quotes
He who lives in the future lives in a featureless blank; he lives in impersonality; he lives in Nirvana. The past is democratic, because it is a people. The future is despotic, because it is a caprice. Every man is alone in his prediction, just as each man is alone in a dream.
- G. K. Chesterton | The Future Quotes
Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances which we know to be desperate.
- G. K. Chesterton | Hope Quotes
Forgiving means to pardon the unpardonable, Faith means believing the unbelievable, And hoping means to hope when things are hopeless.
- G. K. Chesterton | Hope Quotes
There is one thing which gives radiance to everything. It is the idea of something around the corner.
- G. K. Chesterton | Goals Quotes
The true object of human life is play.
- G. K. Chesterton | Goals Quotes
Life exists for the love of music or beautiful things.
- G. K. Chesterton | Goals Quotes
The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life in order to keep it.
- G. K. Chesterton | Courage Quotes
Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.
- G. K. Chesterton | Courage Quotes
I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act, but I do believe in a fate that falls on men unless they act.
- G. K. Chesterton | Getting Going Quotes
The perplexity of life arises from there being too many interesting things in it for us to be interested properly in any of them.
- G. K. Chesterton | Concentration Quotes
There is but an inch of difference between the cushioned chamber and the padded cell.
It isn't that they can't see the solution, it's that they can't see the problem.
- G. K. Chesterton | Problems Quotes
Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.
- G. K. Chesterton | Worthy Victories Quotes
True contentment is the power of getting of any situation all that there is in it.
- G. K. Chesterton | Events Quotes
The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.
- G. K. Chesterton | Heartbreak Quotes
Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.
- G. K. Chesterton | Perseverance Quotes
The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.
- G. K. Chesterton | Religion Quotes
Silence is the unbearable repartee.
- G. K. Chesterton | Silence Quotes
Happy is he who still loves something he loved in the nursery: He has not been broken in two by time; he is not two men, but one, and he has saved not only his soul, but his life.
- G. K. Chesterton | Happy Quotes
Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.
- G. K. Chesterton | Witty Quotes
Happy is he who still loves something he loved in the nursery: He has not been broken in two by time; he is not two men, but one, and he has saved not only his soul, but his life.
- G. K. Chesterton | Happy Quotes
Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.
- G. K. Chesterton | Witty Quotes
Happy is he who still loves something he loved in the nursery: He has not been broken in two by time; he is not two men, but one, and he has saved not only his soul, but his life.
- G. K. Chesterton | Happy Quotes
Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.
- G. K. Chesterton | Witty Quotes
Happy is he who still loves something he loved in the nursery: He has not been broken in two by time; he is not two men, but one, and he has saved not only his soul, but his life.
- G. K. Chesterton | Happy Quotes
Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.
- G. K. Chesterton | Witty Quotes
Happy is he who still loves something he loved in the nursery: He has not been broken in two by time; he is not two men, but one, and he has saved not only his soul, but his life.
- G. K. Chesterton | Happy Quotes
Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.
- G. K. Chesterton | Witty Quotes
Happy is he who still loves something he loved in the nursery: He has not been broken in two by time; he is not two men, but one, and he has saved not only his soul, but his life.
- G. K. Chesterton | Happy Quotes
Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.
- G. K. Chesterton | Witty Quotes
Happy is he who still loves something he loved in the nursery: He has not been broken in two by time; he is not two men, but one, and he has saved not only his soul, but his life.
- G. K. Chesterton | Happy Quotes
Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.
- G. K. Chesterton | Witty Quotes
Happy is he who still loves something he loved in the nursery: He has not been broken in two by time; he is not two men, but one, and he has saved not only his soul, but his life.
- G. K. Chesterton | Happy Quotes
Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.
- G. K. Chesterton | Witty Quotes


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