Gilbert Keith Chesterton Quotes

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

There are no uninteresting things, there are only uninterested people.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

An artist will betray himself by some sort of sincerity.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Men may keep a sort of level of good, but no man has ever been able to keep on one level of evil.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Silver is sometimes more valuable than gold, that is, in large quantities.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

It is always the humble man who talks too much; the proud man watches himself too closely.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Moderate strength is shown in violence, supreme strength is shown in levity.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Not only is suicide a sin, it is the sin. It is the ultimate and absolute evil, the refusal to take an interest in existence; the refusal to take the oath of loyalty to life. The man who kills a man, kills a man. The man who kills himself, kills all men. As far as he is concerned he wipes out the world.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Human nature simply cannot subsist without a hope and aim of some kind; as the sanity of the Old Testament truly said, where there is no vision the people perisheth. But it is precisely because an ideal is necessary to man that the man without ideals is in permanent danger of fanaticism.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

The rolling stone rolls echoing from rock to rock; but the rolling stone is dead. The moss is silent because the moss is alive.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton
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