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Gilbert Keith Chesterton Quotes


32 Gilbert Keith Chesterton quotes:



"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."
"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
"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
"My country wrong or right, is like saying my mother, drunk or sober."
"Your next-door neighbor is not a man; he is an environment. He is the barking of a dog; he is the noise of a piano; he is a dispute about a party wall; he is drains that are worse than yours, or roses that are better than yours."
"Among the very rich you will never find a really generous man, even by accident. They may give their money away, but they will never give themselves away; they are egoistic, secretive, dry as old bones. To be smart enough to get all that money you must be dull enough to want it."
Author: Chesterton Quotes Category: Riches Quotes
"If I had only one sermon to preach it would be a sermon against pride."
Author: Chesterton Quotes Category: Pride Quotes
"The ordinary scientific man is strictly a sentimentalist. He is a sentimentalist in this essential sense, that he is soaked and swept away by mere associations."
"The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist see what he has come to see."
"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
"Do not free the camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel."
"It is as healthy to enjoy sentiment as to enjoy jam."
"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
"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."



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