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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People who make history know nothing about history. You can see that in the sort of history they make.

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.

Chastity does not mean abstention from sexual wrong, it means something flaming like Joan of Arc.

The mere brute pleasure of reading the sort of pleasure a cow must have in grazing.

Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.

What affects men sharply about a foreign nation is not so much finding or not finding familiar things, it is rather not finding them in the familiar place.

Being "contented" ought to mean in English as it does in French being pleased. Being content with an attic ought not to mean being unable to move from it and resigned to living in it, it ought to mean appreciating all there is in such a position.

Journalism largely consists of saying "Lord Jones is Dead" to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.

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.

A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things.

The man who throws a bomb is an artist because he prefers a great moment to everything.

Art like morality consists in drawing the line somewhere.

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

When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?

Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.

There is but an inch of difference between a cushioned chamber and a padded cell.

Artistic temperament is the disease that afflicts amateurs.

We are justified in enforcing good morals for they belong to all mankind, but we are not justified in enforcing good manners for good manners always mean our own manners.

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.

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