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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Half a truth is better than no politics.

The simplification of anything is always sensational.

Man does not live by soap alone, and hygiene or even health is not much good unless you can take a healthy view of it, or better still, feel a healthy indifference to it.

The cosmos is about the smallest hole that a man can hide his head in.

There is nothing the matter with Americans except their ideals. The real American is all right, it is the ideal American who is all wrong.

Man is an exception whatever else he is. If he is not the image of God then he is a disease of the dust. If it is not true that a divine being fell then we can only say that one of the animals went entirely off its head.

A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying.

I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice and then going away and doing the exact opposite.

Coincidences are spiritual puns.

Man seems to be capable of great virtues but not of small virtues, capable of defying his torturer but not of keeping his temper.

The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.

The trouble with always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do without destroying the health of the mind.

I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act, but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.

A radical generally meant a man who thought he could somehow pull up the root without affecting the flower. A conservative generally meant a man who wanted to conserve everything except his own reason for conserving anything.

'My country right or wrong' is a thing no patriot would ever think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying 'My mother drunk or sober.'

There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject, the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person.

The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it.

The perplexity of life arises from there being too many interesting things in it for us to be interested properly in any of them.

Democracy means government by the uneducated while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.

A yawn is a silent shout.

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