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

Man is an exception, whatever else he is. If he is not the image of God, then he is a disease of the dust. If it is not true that a divine being fell, then we can only say that one of the animals went entirely off its head.


Fable is more historical than fact, because fact tells us about one man and fable tells us about a million men.


The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.


We are justified in enforcing good morals, for they belong to all mankind; but we are not justified in enforcing good manners, for good manners always mean our own manners.


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.


It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see the problem.


Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.


A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition.


All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.


An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.


I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles.


With any recovery from morbidity there must go a certain healthy humiliation.


The honest poor can sometimes forget poverty. The honest rich can never forget it.


A businessman is the only man who is forever apologizing for his occupation.


Man does not live by soap alone; and hygiene, or even health, is not much good unless you can take a healthy view of it or, better still, feel a healthy indifference to it.


Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.

    Topics: Christianity

The simplification of anything is always sensational.


The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried.


There is but an inch of difference between a cushioned chamber and a padded cell.


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.


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