G. K. Chesterton, fully Gilbert Keith Chesterton

G. K.
Chesterton, fully Gilbert Keith Chesterton

English Journalist, Humorist, Essayist, Novelist and Poet

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One of the great disadvantages of hurry is that it takes such a long time.

All conservatism is based upon the idea that if you leave things alone you leave them as they are. but you do not. If you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change.

People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.

All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.

Progress is the mother of problems.

An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.

Psychoanalysis is confession without absolution.

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.

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.

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.

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English Journalist, Humorist, Essayist, Novelist and Poet