Authors - G. K. Chesterton
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (29 May 1874 - 14 June 1936) was an English writer. He published works on philosophy, ontology, poetry, plays, journalism, public lectures and debates, literary and art criticism, biography, Christian apologetics, and fiction, including fantasy and detective fiction. Chesterton has been called the "prince of paradox". Time magazine, in a review of a biography of Chesterton, observed of his writing style: "Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories - first carefully turning them inside out." For example, Chesterton wrote "Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it." - Wikipedia
Journalism largely consists of saying 'Lord Jones is Dead' to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.
A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition.
Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.
The Declaration of Independence dogmatically bases all rights on the fact that God created all men equal; and it is right; for if they were not created equal, they were certainly evolved unequal. There is no basis for democracy except in a dogma about the divine origin of man.
All but the hard hearted man must be torn with pity for this pathetic dilemma of the rich man, who has to keep the poor man just stout enough to do the work and just thin enough to have to do it.
If there were no God, there would be no Atheists.
The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.
You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.
Great truths can only be forgotten and can never be falsified.
Truth is sacred; and if you tell the truth too often nobody will believe it.
The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man.
Why be something to everybody when you can be everything to somebody?
Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.
Children are innocent and love justice, while most adults are wicked and prefer mercy.
Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance.
Most modern freedom is at root fear. It is not so much that we are too bold to endure rules; it is rather that we are too timid to endure responsibilities.
To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.
These are the days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed except his own.
When people stop believing in God, they don't believe in nothing -- they believe in anything.
The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.
Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.
In science, 'fact' can only mean 'confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent.' I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms.
All science, even the divine science, is a sublime detective story. Only it is not set to detect why a man is dead; but the darker secret of why he is alive.
The reformer is always right about what is wrong. He is generally wrong about what is right.
The truth is, of course, that the curtness of the Ten Commandments is an evidence, not of the gloom and narrowness of a religion, but, on the contrary, of its liberality and humanity. It is shorter to state the things forbidden than the things permitted: precisely because most things are permitted, and only a few things are forbidden.
Marriage is a duel to the death which no man of honour should decline.
There are those who hate Christianity and call their hatred an all-embracing love for all religions.
Too much capitalism does not mean too many capitalists, but too few capitalists.
It has been often said, very truly, that religion is the thing that makes the ordinary man feel extraordinary; it is an equally important truth that religion is the thing that makes the extraordinary man feel ordinary.
The only right way of telling a story is to begin at the beginning--at the beginning of the world. Therefore all books have to be begun in the wrong way for the sake of brevity.
Theology is only thought applied to religion.
Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
The simplification of anything is always sensational.
Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable.
The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
Love means loving the unlovable - or it is no virtue at all.
The real argument against aristocracy is that it always means the rule of the ignorant. For the most dangerous of all forms of ignorance is ignorance of work.
A room without books is like a body without a soul.
Women have a thirst for order and beauty as for something physical; there is a strange female power of hating ugliness and waste as good men can only hate sin and bad men virtue.
The first two facts which a healthy boy or girl feels about sex are these: first that it is beautiful and then that it is dangerous.
If my children wake up on Christmas morning and have someone to thank for putting candy in their stocking, have I no one to thank for putting two feet in mine?
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
Anyone who is not an anarchist agrees with having a policeman at the corner of the street; but the danger at present is that of finding the policeman half-way down the chimney or even under the bed.
By a curious confusion, many modern critics have passed from the proposition that a masterpiece may be unpopular to the other proposition that unless it is unpopular it cannot be a masterpiece.
Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around.
It is largely because the free-thinkers, as a school, have hardly made up their minds whether they want to be more optimist or more pessimist than Christianity that their small but sincere movement has failed. For the duel is deadly; and any agnostic who wishes to be anything more than a Nihilist must sympathize with one version of nature or the other.
The aim of good prose words is to mean what they say. The aim of good poetical words is to mean what they do not say.
When you break the big laws, you do not get freedom; you do not even get anarchy. You get the small laws.
It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong.
There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read.
Once abolish the God, and the government becomes the God.
Women are the only realists; their whole object in life is to pit their realism against the extravagant, excessive, and occasionally drunken idealism of men.
Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.
When a politician is in opposition he is an expert on the means to some end; and when he is in office he is an expert on the obstacles to it.
It's not that we don't have enough scoundrels to curse; it's that we don't have enough good men to curse them.
'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.'
At least five times...with the Arian and the Albigensian, with the Humanist sceptic, after Voltaire and after Darwin, the Faith has to all appearance gone to the dogs. In each of these five cases it was the dog that died.
The free man owns himself. He can damage himself with either eating or drinking; he can ruin himself with gambling. If he does he is certainly a damn fool, and he might possibly be a damned soul; but if he may not, he is not a free man any more than a dog.
The only defensible war is a war of defense.
I say that a man must be certain of his morality for the simple reason that he has to suffer for it.
America is the only country ever founded on a creed.
An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered.
A yawn is a silent shout.
Is one religion as good as another? Is one horse in the Derby as good as another?
The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.
The act of defending any of the cardinal virtues has today all the exhilaration of a vice.
There is nothing the matter with Americans except their ideals. The real American is all right; it is the ideal American who is all wrong.
But a somewhat more liberal and sympathetic examination of mankind will convince us that the cross is even older than the gibbet, that voluntary suffering was before and independent of compulsory; and in short that in most important matters a man has always been free to ruin himself if he chose.
Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.
The rich are the scum of the earth in every country.
Man seems to be capable of great virtues but not of small virtues; capable of defying his torturer but not of keeping his temper.
The most astonishing thing about miracles is that they happen.
All slang is a metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.
Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.
It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see the problem.