Gilbert Keith Chesterton Quotes
Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.
Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons.
Education is the period during which you are being instructed by somebody you do not know, about something you do not want to know.
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.
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.
People who make history know nothing about history. You can see that in the sort of history they make.
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.
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.
Truth must necessarily be stranger than fiction for fiction is the creation of the human mind and therefore congenial to it.
A good novel tells you the truth about its hero but a bad novel tells you the truth about its author.
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.
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.
I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
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.
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.
Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.
All architecture is great architecture after sunset perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.
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.