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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If a thing is worth doing it is worth doing badly.

Nothing is poetical if plain daylight is not poetical, and no monster should amaze us if the normal man does not amaze.

Science in the modern world has many uses, its chief use however is to provide long words to cover the errors of the rich.

Ritual will always mean throwing away something: destroying our corn or wine upon the altar of our gods.

To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.

True contentment is a thing as active as agriculture. It is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it. It is arduous and it is rare.

Compromise used to mean that half a loaf was better than no bread. Among modern statesmen it really seems to mean that half a loaf, is better than a whole loaf.

Journalism is popular but it is popular mainly as fiction. Life is one world and life seen in the newspapers is another.

Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.

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.

The only way of catching a train I have ever discovered is to miss the train before.

Women prefer to talk in twos while men prefer to talk in threes.

Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump, you may be freeing him from being a camel.

An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.

All slang is metaphor and all metaphor is poetry.

The present condition of fame is merely fashion.

The purpose of Compulsory Education is to deprive the common people of their commonsense.

If I can put one touch of rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman I shall feel that I have worked with God.

One may understand the cosmos but never the ego, the self is more distant than any star.

The aim of life is appreciation, there is no sense in not appreciating things, and there is no sense in having more of them if you have less appreciation of them.

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