Gilbert K. Chesterton

Gilbert Keith Chesterton, KC*SG (29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936), better known as G. K. Chesterton, was an English writer, poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, orator, lay theologian, biographer, and literary and art critic. Chesterton is often referred to as the "prince of paradox." Time magazine has observed of his writing style: "Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories—first carefully turning them inside out." Chesterton is well known for his fictional priest-detective Father Brown, and for his reasoned apologetics. Even some of those who disagree with him have recognized the wide appeal of such works as Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man. Chesterton, as a political thinker, cast aspersions on both Progressivism and Conservatism, saying, "The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Pr... More

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Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes

Gilbert K. Chesterton #Age #Great

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 #Alone #Health

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 #Architecture #Imagination

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.
Gilbert K. Chesterton #Art

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

Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.
Gilbert K. Chesterton #Great

The man who throws a bomb is an artist, because he prefers a great moment to everything.
Gilbert K. Chesterton #Best #Success

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 #Courage

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.
Gilbert K. Chesterton #Courage

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 #Education #Society

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

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 K. Chesterton #Education

The purpose of Compulsory Education is to deprive the common people of their commonsense.
Gilbert K. Chesterton #Education

Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.
Gilbert K. Chesterton #Architecture #Art #Great

All architecture is great architecture after sunset perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.
Gilbert K. Chesterton #Faith #Hope #Love

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 #Family #Freedom

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 #Teacher

A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching.
Gilbert K. Chesterton #God

We make our friends we make our enemies but God makes our next door neighbour.
Gilbert K. Chesterton #God

If I can put one touch of rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God.
Gilbert K. Chesterton #God #Men #Wisdom

Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers. In the perfect stranger we perceive man himself the image of a God is not disguised by resemblances to an uncle or doubts of wisdom of a mustache.
Gilbert K. Chesterton #Good #Truth

A good novel tells us the truth about its hero but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
Gilbert K. Chesterton #Good #Religion

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

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

One sees great things from the valley only small things from the peak.
Gilbert K. Chesterton #Great

Man seems to be capable of great virtues but not of small virtues capable of defying his torturer but not of keeping his temper.