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

Journalism largely consists of saying "Lord Jones is Dead" to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.


If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.


Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.


Man seems to be capable of great virtues but not of small virtues; capable of defying his torturer but not of keeping his temper.


Large organization is loose organization. Nay, it would be almost as true to say that organization is always disorganization.


The trouble with always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do without destroying the health of the mind.


Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all.


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.


When we really worship anything, we love not only its clearness but its obscurity. We exult in its very invisibility.


Compromise used to mean that half a loaf was better than no bread. Among modern statesmen it really seems to mean that half a loaf; is better than a whole loaf.


A yawn is a silent shout.


All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.


The only way of catching a train I have ever discovered is to miss the train before.


A room without books is like a body without a soul.


The whole order of things is as outrageous as any miracle which could presume to violate it.


Those thinkers who cannot believe in any gods often assert that the love of humanity would be in itself sufficient for them; and so, perhaps, it would, if they had it.


What affects men sharply about a foreign nation is not so much finding or not finding familiar things; it is rather not finding them in the familiar place.


People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.


A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching.


A new philosophy generally means in practice the praise of some old vice.


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