Quotes by Gilbert K. Chesterton

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Chesterton, G(ilbert) K(eith). Born May 29, 1874, London, England. Died June 14, 1936, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. A British man of letters. Chesterton was a journalist, a scholar, a novelist and short-story writer, and a poet. ...

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To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.

The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.
Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all.
You cannot love a thing without wanting to fight for it.
Their is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect.
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.
How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win.
It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see the problem.
There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great.
Angels fly because they take themselves lightly.
We ought to see far enough into a hypocrite to see even his sincerity.
The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist see what he has come to see.
The family is the test of freedom; because the family is the only thing that the free man makes for himself and by himself.
I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.
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.
When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.
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.
Education is the period during which you are being instructed by somebody you do not know, about something you do not want to know.
An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.
You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.
The only way of catching a train I have ever discovered is to miss the train before.
The madman is not the man who has lost his reason. He is the man who has lost everything except his reason.
A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition.
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.
The fatal metaphor of progress, which means leaving things behind us, has utterly obscured the real idea of growth, which means leaving things inside us.
When you have really exhausted an experience you always reverence and love it. The two things that nearly all of us have thoroughly and really been through are childhood and youth. And though we would not have them back again on any account, we feel that they are both beautiful, because we have drunk them dry.
The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.
A yawn is a silent shout.
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.
Marriage is an adventure, like going to war.
Most Americans are born drunk, and really require a little wine or beer to sober them. They have a sort of permanent intoxication from within, a sort of invisible champagne. Americans do not need to drink to inspire them to do anything, though they do sometimes, I think, need a little for the deeper and more delicate purpose of teaching them how to do nothing.
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 average man votes below himself; he votes with half a mind or a hundredth part of one. A man ought to vote with the whole of himself, as he worships or gets married. A man ought to vote with his head and heart, his soul and stomach, his eye for faces and his ear for music; also (when sufficiently provoked) with his hands and feet. If he has ever seen a fine sunset, the crimson color of it should creep into his vote. The question is not so much whether only a minority of the electorate votes. The point is that only a minority of the voter votes.
My country wrong or right, is like saying my mother, drunk or sober.
If I had only one sermon to preach it would be a sermon against pride.
You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution.
Our civilization has decided that determining the guilt or innocence of men is a thing too important to be trusted to trained men. When it wants a library catalogued, or the solar system discovered, or any trifle of that kind, it uses up its specialists. But when it wishes anything done which is really serious, it collects twelve of the ordinary men standing round. The same thing was done, if I remember right, by the Founder of Christianity.
Journalism consists largely in saying Lord James is dead to people who never knew Lord James was alive.
Happiness is a mystery, like religion, and should never be rationalized.
The golden age only comes to men when they have forgotten gold.
Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.
I believe in getting into hot water. I think it keeps you clean.
A turkey is more occult and awful than all the angels and archangels. In so far as God has partly revealed to us an angelic world, he has partly told us what an angel means. But God has never told us what a turkey means. And if you go and stare at a live turkey for an hour or two, you will find by the end of it that the enigma has rather increased than diminished.
Psychoanalysis is confession without absolution.
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.
Variability is one of the virtues of a woman. It avoids the crude requirement of polygamy. So long as you have one good wife you are sure to have a spiritual harem.
When we really worship anything, we love not only its clearness but its obscurity. We exult in its very invisibility.
No man knows he is young while he is young.
If you do not understand a man you cannot crush him. And if you do understand him, very probably you will not.
We make our friends; we make our enemies; but God makes our next door neighbor.
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.
Among the very rich you will never find a really generous man, even by accident. They may give their money away, but they will never give themselves away; they are egoistic, secretive, dry as old bones. To be smart enough to get all that money you must be dull enough to want it.
Some men never feel small, but these are the few men who are.
To be clever enough to get all the money, one must be stupid enough to want it.
The aim of life is appreciation; there is no sense in not appreciating things; and there is no sense in having more of them if you have less appreciation of them.
Journalism is popular, but it is popular mainly as fiction. Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers another.
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.
Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
Courage is getting away from death by continually coming within an inch of it.
The perplexity of life arises from there being too many interesting things in it for us to be interested properly in any of them.