Gilbert Keith Chesterton Quotes

A mystic is a man who separates heaven and earth even if he enjoys them both.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

When a politician is in opposition he is an expert on the means to some end; and when he is in office he is an expert on the obstacles to it.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

The rich are the scum of the earth in every country.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

The academic mind reflects infinity, and is full of light by the simple process of being shallow and standing still.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Marriage is an adventure, like going to war.

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
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