Gilbert K. Chesterton

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936), better known as G. K. Chesterton, was an English writer, poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, orator, lay theologian, biographer, and literary and art critic. Chesterton is often referred to as the "prince of paradox". 

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The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.

Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.

A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition.

The most dangerous criminal now is the entirely lawless modern philosopher. Compared to him, burglars and bigamists are essentially moral men.

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

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.

White... is not a mere absence of colour, it is a shining and affirmative thing as fierce as red, as definite as black... God paints in many colours, but He never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white.

Education is the period during which you are being instructed by somebody you do not know about something you do not want to know.

Marriage is an adventure, like going to war.

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

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

To be clever enough to get all that money one must be stupid enough to want it.

The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.

It is as healthy to enjoy sentiment as to enjoy jam.

The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land, it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land.

There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read.

The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly, the rich have always objected to being governed at all.

If I had only one sermon to preach, it would be a sermon against pride.

A good novel tells us the truth about its hero, but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.

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