Gilbert Keith Chesterton Quotes

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 Keith Chesterton

There is only one thing that it requires real courage to say, and that is a truism.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

The simplification of anything is always sensational.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

All things are from God; and above all, reason and imagination and the great gifts of the mind. They are good in themselves; and we must not altogether forget their origin even in their perversion.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

The most incredible thing about miracles is that they happen.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

What embitters the world is not excess of criticism, but absence of self-criticism.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

We ought to see far enough into a hypocrite to see even his sincerity.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

A new philosophy generally means in practice the praise of some old vice.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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

If you convey to a woman that something ought to be done, there is always a dreadful danger that she will suddenly do it.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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