173 G.K. Chesterton Quotes

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The really great man is the man who makes every man feel great.
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The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried."
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We do not want a church that will move with the world. We want a church that will move the world.
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The vulgar man is always the most distinguished, for the very desire to be distinguished is vulgar.
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Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.
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The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all.
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To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.
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If there were no God, there would be no atheists.
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A new philosophy generally means in practice the praise of some old vice.
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True contentment is a thing as active as agriculture. It is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it. It is arduous and it is rare.
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Gullibility is the key to all adventures. The greenhorn is the ultimate victor in everything; it is he that gets the most out of life.
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Nothing is poetical if plain daylight is not poetical; and no monster should amaze us if the normal man does not amaze.
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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.
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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.
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There are those who hate Christianity and call their hatred an all-embracing love for all religions.
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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.
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Man is an exception, whatever else he is. If he is not the image of God, then he is a disease of the dust. If it is not true that a divine being fell, then we can only say that one of the animals went entirely off its head.
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The present condition of fame is merely fashion.
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The issue is now clear. It is between light and darkness and everyone must choose his side.
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155
There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.
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154
It is shorter to state the things forbidden than the things permitted; precisely because most things are permitted and only a few things forbidden.
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153
Science in the modern world has many uses; its chief use, however, is to provide long words to cover the errors of the rich.
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152
New roads; new ruts.
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No man who worships education has got the best out of education. Without a gentle contempt for education no man's education is complete.
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The world will never starve for want of wonders, but only for want of wonder.
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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.
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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.
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I say that a man must be certain of his morality for the simple reason that he has to suffer for it.
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All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.
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Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.
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'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.'
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A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition.
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Buddhism is not a creed, it is a doubt.
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A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
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White is not a mere absence of color; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black. God paints in many colors; but He never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white.
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The cosmos is about the smallest hole that a man can hide his head in.
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The mere brute pleasure of reading is the sort of pleasure a cow must have in grazing.
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If I had only one sermon to preach it would be a sermon against pride.
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People who make history know nothing about history. You can see that in the sort of history they make.
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It is not funny that anything else should fall down; only that a man should fall down. Why do we laugh? Because it is a gravely religious matter: it is the Fall of Man. Only man can be absurd: for only man can be dignified.
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Jesus promised the disciples three things - that they would be completely fearless, absurdly happy and in constant trouble.
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One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self is more distant than any star.
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Reason is always a kind of brute force; those who appeal to the head rather than the heart, however pallid and polite, are necessarily men of violence. We speak of 'touching' a man's heart, but we can do nothing to his head but hit it.
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We call a man a bigot or a slave of dogma because he is a thinker who has thought thoroughly and to a definite end.
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The purpose of Compulsory Education is to deprive the common people of their commonsense.
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Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.
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128
A yawn is a silent shout.
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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.
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One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.
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I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.
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