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Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes

I hope you find these Motivational Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes useful in achieving your personal and career goals in life.

The traveler sees what he sees,
the tourist sees what he has come to see.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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There is a road from the eye to heart
that does not go through the intellect.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

 

Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton


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The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

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.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

Art consists of limitation.
The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

All architecture is great architecture after sunset;
perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art,
like the art of fireworks.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Democracy means government by the uneducated,
while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

To be clever enough to get all that money,
one must be stupid enough to want it.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Experience which was once claimed by the aged is now
claimed exclusively by the young.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

When we really worship anything, we love not only its
clearness but its obscurity.
We exult in its very invisibility.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

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

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.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

I was planning to go into architecture.
But when I arrived, architecture was filled up.
Acting was right next to it, so I signed up for acting instead.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The simplification of anything is always sensational.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The purpose of Compulsory Education is to deprive the
common people of their commonsense.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

The Bible tells us to love our neighbors,
and also to love our enemies; probably because generally
they are the same people.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Men feel that cruelty to the poor is a kind of cruelty to animals.
They never feel that it is an injustice to equals;
nay it is treachery to comrades.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

With any recovery from morbidity there must go a certain healthy humiliation.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

The greenhorn is the ultimate victor in everything;
it is he that gets the most out of life.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Large organization is loose organization.
Nay, it would be almost as true to say that organization
is always disorganization.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

I've searched all the parks in all the cities and found
no statues of committees.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

There is but an inch of difference between a cushioned
chamber and a padded cell.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

A good novel tells us the truth about its hero;
but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered.
An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

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.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth,
is to shut it again on something solid.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes,
our ancestors.
It is the democracy of the dead.
Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy
who merely happen to be walking around.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

What people call impartiality may simply mean indifference,
and what people call partiality may simply mean mental activity.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down.
Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The honest poor can sometimes forget poverty.
The honest rich can never forget it.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Happiness is a mystery, like religion,
and should never be rationalised.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

A new philosophy generally means in practice the praise of some old vice.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The only defensible war is a war of defense.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting.
It has been found difficult and left untried.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

One sees great things from the valley;
only small things from the peak.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

A businessman is the only man who is forever apologizing for his occupation.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego;
the self is more distant than any star.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The family is the test of freedom; because the family
is the only thing that the free man makes for himself and by himself.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Chastity does not mean abstention from sexual wrong;
it means something flaming,
like Joan of Arc.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

New roads; new ruts.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Half a truth is better than no politics.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

Once I planned to write a book of poems entirely about the things in my pocket.
But I found it would be too long; and the age of the great epics is past.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

When it comes to life the critical thing is whether
you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton


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