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Gilbert K. Chesterton
May 29, 1874 - June 14, 1936
Nationality: English
Category: Writer
Subcategory: English Writer

We make our friends; we make our enemies; but God makes our next door neighbour.


Marriage is an adventure, like going to war.

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A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying.


True contentment is a thing as active as agriculture. It is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it. It is arduous and it is rare.


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.


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.


Never invoke the gods unless you really want them to appear. It annoys them very much.


The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground.


The greenhorn is the ultimate victor in everything; it is he that gets the most out of life.


I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.


When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.


The man who throws a bomb is an artist, because he prefers a great moment to everything.


Experience which was once claimed by the aged is now claimed exclusively by the young.


Ritual will always mean throwing away something: destroying our corn or wine upon the altar of our gods.


One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.


Happiness is a mystery, like religion, and should never be rationalised.


Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.


All conservatism is based upon the idea that if you leave things alone you leave them as they are. But you do not. If you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change.


It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it.


Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.


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