Gilbert Keith Chesterton Quotes


A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
You can only find truth with logic if you have already found it without it.
Brave men are all vertebrates; they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle.
Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.
Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump: you may be freeing him from being a camel.
It is very good for a man to talk about what he does not understand; as long as he understands that he does not understand it.
The human race, to which so many of my readers belong, has been playing at children's games from the beginning, and will probably do it till the end, which is a nuisance for the few people who grow up. And one of the games to which it is most attached is called, "Keep tomorrow dark," and which is also named (by the rustics in Shropshire, I have no doubt) "Cheat the Prophet." The players listen very carefully and respectfully to all that the clever men have to say about what is to happen in the next generation. The players then wait until all the clever men are dead, and bury them nicely. Then they go and do something else. That is all. For a race of simple tastes, however, it is great fun.
The object of opening the mind as of opening the mouth is to close it again on something solid.
If I had only one sermon to preach it would be a sermon against pride.
It is the test of a good religion whether you can make a joke about it.
Dogma does not mean the absence of thought, but the end of thought.
Don't ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up.
An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.
Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.
Fairy tales are more than true. Not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be defeated.
A stiff apology is a second insult... The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt.
Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.
Cruelty is, perhaps, the worst kid of sin. Intellectual cruelty is certainly the worst kind of cruelty.
As a matter of fact, no man can be merry unless he is serious. Happiness is as grave and practical as sorrow, if not more so.
The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.

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