G. K. Chesterton, fully Gilbert Keith Chesterton

G. K.
Chesterton, fully Gilbert Keith Chesterton
1874
1936

English Journalist, Humorist, Essayist, Novelist and Poet

Author Quotes

The most incredible thing about miracles is that they happen.

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.

The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose, new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a man starts on the strange assumption that he has never existed before, it is quite certain that he will never exist afterward.

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

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

Nothing sublimely artistic has ever arisen out of mere art, any more than anything essentially reasonable has ever arisen out of the pure reason. There must always be a rich moral soil for any great aesthetic growth.

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

We do not get good laws to restrain bad people. We get good people to restrain bad laws.

We must be fond of the world, even in order to change it.

You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.

All men are ordinary men; the extraordinary men are those who know it.

All that we call common sense and rationality and practicality... only means that for certain dead levels of our life we forget that we have forgotten. All that we call spirit and art and ecstasy only means that for one awful instant we remember that we forget.

Cruelty is perhaps the worst kind of sin. Intellectual cruelty is certainly the worst kind of cruelty.

Dogma does not mean the absence of thought, but the end of thought.

Falsehood is never so false as when it is nearly true.

If you do not understand a man you cannot crush him. And if you do understand him, very probably you will not.

It is always the secure who are humble.

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.

Some men never feel small; but these are the men who are.

The reason angels can fly is that they take themselves so lightly.

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.

There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person.

Virtue is not the absence of vices or the voidance of moral dangers; virtue is a vivid and separate thing, like pain or a particular smell.

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First Name
G. K.
Last Name
Chesterton, fully Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Birth Date
1874
Death Date
1936
Bio

English Journalist, Humorist, Essayist, Novelist and Poet