173 G.K. Chesterton Quotes

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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 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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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?
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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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The vulgar man is always the most distinguished, for the very desire to be distinguished is vulgar.
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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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We do not want, as the newspapers say, a church that will move with the world. We want a church that will move the world.
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If there were no God, there would be no atheists.
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Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.
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When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.
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Compromise used to mean that half a loaf was better than no bread. Among modern statesmen it really seems to mean that half a loaf; is better than a whole loaf.
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The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground.
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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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The most dangerous criminal now is the entirely lawless modern philosopher. Compared to him, burglars and bigamists are essentially moral men.
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A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things.
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A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching.
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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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The issue is now clear. It is between light and darkness and everyone must choose his side.
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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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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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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 poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all.
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If I had only one sermon to preach it would be a sermon against pride.
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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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A yawn is a silent shout.
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Gratitude is the mother of all the virtues.
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It is as healthy to enjoy sentiment as to enjoy jam.
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The family is the test of freedom; because the family is the only thing that the free man makes for himself and by himself.
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Education is the period during which you are being instructed by somebody you do not know, about something you do not want to know.
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One of the great disadvantages of hurry is that it takes such a long time.
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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.
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A room without books is like a body without a soul.
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If I did not believe in God, I should still want my doctor, my lawyer and my banker to do so."
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I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
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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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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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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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There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.
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New roads; new ruts.
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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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