Gilbert Keith Chesterton Quotes

'My country, right or wrong' is a thing that no patriot would think of saying, except in a desperate case. It is like saying, 'My mother, drunk or sober'.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

The poor object to being governed badly, while the rich object to being governed at all.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

For children are innocent and love justice, while most of us are wicked and naturally prefer mercy.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

If there were no God, there would be no atheists.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

A change of opinions is almost unknown in an elderly military man.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Among the rich you will never find a really generous man even by accident. They may give their money away, but they will never give themselves away; they are egotistic, secretive, dry as old bones. To be smart enough to get all that money you must be dull enough to want it.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Either criticism is no good at all (a very defensible position) or else criticism means saying about an author the very things that would have made him jump out of his boots.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Misers get up early in the morning; and burglars, I am informed, get up the night before.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

A man must be orthodox upon most things, or he will never even have time to preach his own heresy.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

The doctrine of human equality reposes on this: that there is no man really clever who has not found that he is stupid. There is no big man who has not felt small. Some men never feel small; but these are the few men who are.

Gilbert Keith 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 the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking around.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

We all have a little weakness, which is very natural but rather misleading, for supposing that this epoch must be the end of the world because it will be the end of us. How future generations will get on without us is indeed, when we come to think of it, quite a puzzle. But I suppose they will get on somehow, and may possibly venture to revise our judgments as we have revised earlier judgments

Gilbert Keith Chesterton
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