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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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.

Digestion exists for health, and health exists for life, and life exists for the love of music or beautiful things.

The man who cannot believe his senses, and the man who cannot believe anything else, are both insane.

Facts as facts do not always create a spirit of reality, because reality is a spirit.

The miser is the man who starves himself, and everybody else, in order to worship wealth in its dead form, as distinct from its living form.

Gullibility is the key to all adventures. The green horn is the ultimate victor in everything; it is he that gets the most out of life.

The moment you step into the world of facts, you step into the world of limits. You can free things from alien or accidental laws, but not from the laws of their own nature.

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.

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.

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.

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English Journalist, Humorist, Essayist, Novelist and Poet