Gilbert Keith Chesterton 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.
The men who really believe in themselves are all in lunatic asylums.
Truth must necessarily be stranger than fiction for fiction is the creation of the human mind and therefore congenial to it.
Marriage is an adventure, like going to war.
If I can put one touch of rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God.
An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.
All architecture is great architecture after sunset perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.
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.
People who make history know nothing about history. You can see that in the sort of history they make.
Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
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.
There is something to be said for every error but, whatever may be said for it, the most important thing to be said about it is that it is erroneous.
Hell is God's great compliment to the reality of human freedom and the dignity of human choice.
Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
Don't ever take a fence down until you know the reason why it was put up.
Never invoke the gods unless you really want them to appear. It annoys them very much.
I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.
It isn't that they can't see the solution. It's that they can't see the problem.
Men feel that cruelty to the poor is a kind of cruelty to animals. They never feel that it is an injustice to equals nay it is treachery to comrades.
Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons.
Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.
It is not funny that anything else should fall down only that a man should fall down. Why do we laugh Because it is a gravely religious matter it is the Fall of Man. Only man can be absurd for only man can be dignified.
The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.
The soul goes round upon a wheel of stars and all things return....Good and evil go round in a wheel that is one thing and not many. Do you not realise in your heart, do you not believe behind all your beliefs, that there is but one reality and we are its shadows and that all things are but aspects of one thing a centre where men melt into Man and Man into God 'No,' said Father Brown.
The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried.
The only words that ever satisfied me as describing Nature are the terms used in fairy books, charm, spell, enchantment. They express the arbitrariness of the fact and its mystery.
I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
We make our friends we make our enemies but God makes our next door neighbour.
The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies probably because they are generally the same people.
Brave men are all vertebrates they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle.
Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.
Materialists and madmen never have doubts.
It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it.
Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.
I believe in getting into hot water it keeps you clean.
Coincidences are spiritual puns.
A good novel tells you the truth about its hero but a bad novel tells you the truth about its author.
Education is the period during which you are being instructed by somebody you do not know, about something you do not want to know.
Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.
You can only find truth with logic if you have already found it without it.
Dogmatism does not mean the absence of thought, but the end of thought.
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