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Gilbert Keith Chesterton quotes (44)

Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Tolerance

Journalism consists largely in saying Lord Jones died to people who never knew Lord Jones was alive.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Journalism

You could compile the worst book in the world entirely out of selected passages from the best writers in the world.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Quotations

A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Book

An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Adventure

No animal ever invented anything so bad as drunkeness or so good as drink.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Alcohol

I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Belief

If a thing is worth doing it is worth doing badly.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Job

It isnt that they cant see the solution. It is that they cant see the problem.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Problem

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 Keith Chesterton   Category: Education

I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Action

The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Loquacity

People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Argument

The doctrine of human equality reposes on this: that there is no man really clever who has not found that he is stupid. There is no big man who has not felt small. Some men never feel small; but these are the few men who are.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Clergy

A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Government

You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Truth

Children are innocent and love justice while most adults are wicked and prefer mercy.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Justice

The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Religion

Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Poetry

Feminists are those who cannot stand female characteristics.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Unsorted

When you break the big laws you do not get liberty; you do not even get anarchy. You get the small laws.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Law

Before the Roman came to Rye or out to Severn strode The rolling English drunkard made the rolling English road.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Road

To have a right to do a thing is not the same as to be right in doing it.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Right

The Bible tells us to love our neighbors and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Endure

A yawn is a silent shout.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Sick

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 Keith Chesterton   Category: Bed

It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Jogging

True contentment is a real even an active virtue not only affirmative but creative. It is the power of getting out of any situation all there is in it.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Content

The object of opening the mind as of opening the mouth is to shut it again on something solid.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Mind

Truth must necessarily be stranger than fiction; for fiction is the creation of the human mind and therefore congenial to it.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Fiction

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Contradict

The artistic temperament is a disease that afflicts amateurs.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Amateur

We make our friends; we make our enemies; But God makes our next-door neighbor.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Neighbor

Art like morality consists in drawing a line somewhere.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Art

Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Humor

Criticism is only words about words and of what use are words about such words as these?
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Sex

The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Love

One may understand the cosmos but never the ego; the self is more distant than any star.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Star

Without education we are in the horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Danger

Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Music

Journalism consists largely in saying Lord Jones died to people who never knew Lord Jones was alive.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: News

There is more simplicity in a man who eats caviar on impulse than in the man who eats grapenuts in principle.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Food

One sees great things from the valley only small things from the peak.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: See

Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Crime