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Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes

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

The most dangerous criminal now is the entirely lawless modern philosopher. Compared to him, burglars and bigamists are essentially moral men.


Youth is the period in which a man can be hopeless. The end of every episode is the end of the world. But the power of hoping through everything, the knowledge that the soul survives its adventures, that great inspiration comes to the middle-aged.


The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.


Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.


Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable.


Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.


You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution.


The purpose of Compulsory Education is to deprive the common people of their commonsense.


The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.


It is as healthy to enjoy sentiment as to enjoy jam.


Some men never feel small, but these are the few men who are.


Once I planned to write a book of poems entirely about the things in my pocket. But I found it would be too long; and the age of the great epics is past.


In matters of truth the fact that you don't want to publish something is, nine times out of ten, a proof that you ought to publish it.


I've searched all the parks in all the cities and found no statues of committees.


And they that rule in England, in stately conclaves met, alas, alas for England they have no graves as yet.


What people call impartiality may simply mean indifference, and what people call partiality may simply mean mental activity.


The only way to be sure of catching a train is to miss the one before it.


Artistic temperament is the disease that afflicts amateurs.


The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land.


I was planning to go into architecture. But when I arrived, architecture was filled up. Acting was right next to it, so I signed up for acting instead.


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