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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A new philosophy generally means in practice the praise of some old vice.

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.

No man who worships education has got the best out of education... Without a gentle contempt for education, no man's education is complete.

The honest poor can sometimes forget poverty. The honest rich can never forget it.

Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers. In the perfect stranger we perceive man himself, the image of a God is not disguised by resemblances to an uncle, or doubts of wisdom of a mustache.

Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.

It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it.

Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.

When we really worship anything we love not only its clearness but its obscurity. We exult in its very invisibility.

Fable is more historical than fact because fact tells us about one man and fable tells us about a million men.

If you do not understand a man you cannot crush him. And if you do understand him very probably you will not.

The only way to be sure of catching a train is to miss the one before it.

We make our friends, we make our enemies, but God makes our next door neighbour.

The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried.

In matters of truth the fact that you don't want to publish something is nine times out of ten a proof that you ought to publish it.

Large organization is loose organization. Nay it would be almost as true to say that organization is always disorganization.

New roads, new ruts.

Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.

Brave men are all vertebrates, they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle.

What people call impartiality may simply mean indifference and what people call partiality may simply mean mental activity.

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