Gilbert Keith Chesterton Quotes

The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists, as the mother can love the unborn child.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

At the bottom of all the tributes paid to democracy is the little man, walking into the little booth, with a little pencil, making a little cross on a little bit of paper. . . .

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

But there is another strong objection which I, one of the laziest of all the children of Adam, have against the Leisure State. Those who think it could be done argue that a vast machinery using electricity, water-power, petrol, and so on, might reduce the work imposed on each of us to a minimum. It might, but it would also reduce our control to a minimum. We should ourselves become parts of a machine, even if the machine only used those parts once a week. The machine would be our master, for the machine would produce our food, and most of us could have no notion of how it was really being produced

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

He is only a very shallow critic who cannot see an eternal rebel in the heart of the Conservative.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Men are moved most by their religion; especially when it is irreligion.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

It is a quaint comment on the notion that the English are practical and the French merely visionary, that we were rebels in arts while they were rebels in arms.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

By all men bond to Nothing, Being slaves without a lord, By one blind idiot world obeyed, Too blind to be abhorred.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Very few reputations are gained by unsullied virtue.

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

If you know what a man's doing, get in front of him; but if you want to guess what he's doing keep behind him.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Thrift is the really romantic thing; economy is more romantic than extravagance... thrift is poetic because it is creative; waste is unpoetic because it is waste... if a man could undertake to make use of all the things in his dustbin, he would be a broader genius than Shakespeare.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Fairyland is nothing but the sunny country of common sense.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton
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