Gilbert Keith Chesterton Quotes


32 Gilbert Keith Chesterton quotes:



"Do not free the camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel."
"No man who worships education has got the best out of education.... Without a gentle contempt for education no man's education is complete."
"I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean."
Author: Chesterton Quotes Category: Evil Quotes
"Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die."
Author: Chesterton Quotes Category: Courage Quotes
"It is as healthy to enjoy sentiment as to enjoy jam."
"A building is akin to dogma; it is insolent, like dogma. Whether or no it is permanent, it claims permanence, like a dogma. People ask why we have no typical architecture of the modern world, like impressionism in painting. Surely it is obviously because we have not enough dogmas; we cannot bear to see anything in the sky that is solid and enduring, anything in the sky that does not change like the clouds of the sky."
"All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks."
"Soldiers have many faults, but they have one redeeming merit; they are never worshippers of force. Soldiers more than any other men are taught severely and systematically that might is not right. The fact is obvious. The might is in the hundred men who obey. The right (or what is held to be right) is in the one man who commands them."
"Boyhood is a most complex and incomprehensible thing. Even when one has been through it, one does not understand what it was. A man can never quite understand a boy, even when he has been the boy."
Author: Chesterton Quotes Category: Boys Quotes
"The timidity of the child or the savage is entirely reasonable; they are alarmed at this world, because this world is a very alarming place. They dislike being alone because it is verily and indeed an awful idea to be alone. Barbarians fear the unknown for the same reason that Agnostics worship it --because it is a fact."
Author: Chesterton Quotes Category: Fear Quotes
"You cannot love a thing without wanting to fight for it."
"A good novel tells us the truth about it's hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author."
"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."
"The golden age only comes to men when they have forgotten gold."
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"There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great."
"A large section of the intelligentsia seems wholly devoid of intelligence."
"Merely having an open mind is nothing; the object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid."
"Their is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect."
Author: Chesterton Quotes Category: Heart Quotes
"The average man votes below himself; he votes with half a mind or a hundredth part of one. A man ought to vote with the whole of himself, as he worships or gets married. A man ought to vote with his head and heart, his soul and stomach, his eye for faces and his ear for music; also (when sufficiently provoked) with his hands and feet. If he has ever seen a fine sunset, the crimson color of it should creep into his vote. The question is not so much whether only a minority of the electorate votes. The point is that only a minority of the voter votes."
Author: Chesterton Quotes Category: Voting Quotes
"The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist see what he has come to see."



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