Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes

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?.. view

By: Gilbert K. Chesterton

When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude... view

By: Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

By: Gilbert K. Chesterton

When we really worship anything, we love not only its clearness but its obscurity. We exult in its very invisibility... view

By: Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

By: Gilbert K. Chesterton

With any recovery from morbidity there must go a certain healthy humiliation... view

By: Gilbert K. Chesterton

Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously... view

By: 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... view

By: Gilbert K. Chesterton

Youth is the period in which a man can be hopeless. The end of every episode is the end of the world. But the power of hoping through everything, the knowledge that the soul survives its adventures, that great inspiration comes to the middle-aged... view

By: Gilbert K. Chesterton

White... is not a mere absence of colour.. view

By: Gilbert K. Chesterton

The whole order of things is as outrageous as any miracle which could presume to violate it... view

By: Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

By: Gilbert K. Chesterton

The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried... view

By: Gilbert K. Chesterton

The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies.. view

By: Gilbert K. Chesterton

The aim of life is appreciation.. view

By: Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

By: Gilbert K. Chesterton

The family is the test of freedom.. view

By: 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... view

By: Gilbert K. Chesterton

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... view

By: Gilbert K. Chesterton

Science in the modern world has many uses.. view

By: Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

By: Gilbert K. Chesterton

The greenhorn is the ultimate victor in everything.. view

By: Gilbert K. Chesterton

Ritual will always mean throwing away something: destroying our corn or wine upon the altar of our gods... view

By: Gilbert K. Chesterton

People who make history know nothing about history. You can see that in the sort of history they make... view

By: Gilbert K. Chesterton

People generally quarrel because they cannot argue... view

By: Gilbert K. Chesterton

One sees great things from the valley.. view

By: Gilbert K. Chesterton

One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego.. view

By: 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.. view

By: Gilbert K. Chesterton

Nothing is poetical if plain daylight is not poetical.. view

By: 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... view

By: Gilbert K. Chesterton

The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land.. view

By: Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

By: 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... view

By: 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.'.. view

By: Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

By: 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.. view

By: Gilbert K. Chesterton

New roads.. view

By: Gilbert K. Chesterton

The simplification of anything is always sensational... view

By: Gilbert K. Chesterton

Large organization is loose organization. Nay, it would be almost as true to say that organization is always disorganization... view

By: Gilbert K. Chesterton

The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see... view

By: Gilbert K. Chesterton

Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers. In the perfect stranger we perceive man himself.. view

By: 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... view

By: Gilbert K. Chesterton