To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.

G. K. Chesterton on hope
221

The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist see what he has come to see.

G. K. Chesterton on travel
186

The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.

G. K. Chesterton on love
74

You cannot love a thing without wanting to fight for it.

G. K. Chesterton on fight
44

A stiff apology is a second insult. The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt.

G. K. Chesterton on regret
23

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

G. K. Chesterton on thought
22
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There are two ways to get enough: One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.

A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition.

G. K. Chesterton on intuition
15

It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see the problem.

G. K. Chesterton on problems
15

I believe in getting into hot water. I think it keeps you clean.

G. K. Chesterton on conflict
12

Their is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect.

G. K. Chesterton on heart
11

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

G. K. Chesterton on curiosity
11

One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.

G. K. Chesterton on adversity
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There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.

About G. K. Chesterton

Name G. K. Chesterton
Quotes 152 quotations
Nationality English
Profession Writer
Birthday May 29, 1874
About Gilbert Keith Chesterton, KC*SG (29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936) better known as G.K. Chesterton, was an English writer, lay theologian, poet, dramatist, journalist, orator, literary and art critic, biographer, and Christian apologist. Chesterton is often referred to as the "prince of paradox.
Top topics people, life, world, love, wrong

If you do not understand a man you cannot crush him.

And if you do understand him, very probably you will not.

G. K. Chesterton on understanding
10

Happiness is a mystery, like religion, and should never be rationalized.

G. K. Chesterton on happiness
10

One may understand the Cosmos, but never the ego; the self is more distant than any star.

G. K. Chesterton on knowledge
10

All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.

G. K. Chesterton on language
9

Do not free the camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.

G. K. Chesterton on adversity
9

The vulgar man is always the most distinguished, for the very desire to be distinguished is vulgar.

G. K. Chesterton on profanity
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Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.

Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.

G. K. Chesterton on gratitude
8

A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying.

G. K. Chesterton on speeches
8

Evil comes at leisure like the disease. Good comes in a hurry like the doctor.

G. K. Chesterton on evil
8

The only way of catching a train I have ever discovered is to miss the train before.

G. K. Chesterton on trains
8

Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist.

Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.

G. K. Chesterton on face
7

We make our friends; we make our enemies; but God makes our next door neighbor.

G. K. Chesterton on neighbors
7
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There are two ways to get enough. One is to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.

The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly;

the rich have always objected to being governed at all.

G. K. Chesterton on wealth
7

I've searched all the parks in all the cities and found no statues of committees.

G. K. Chesterton on committee
7

The world will never starve for want of wonders, but for want of wonder.

G. K. Chesterton on knowledge
7

When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.

G. K. Chesterton on life
7

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.

G. K. Chesterton on authors
6

The mere brute pleasure of reading --the sort of pleasure a cow must have in grazing.

G. K. Chesterton on reading
5
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Angeles fly because they take themselves lightly.

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

G. K. Chesterton on hypocrisy
5

You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.

G. K. Chesterton on truth
5

Compromise used to mean that half a loaf was better than no bread.

Among modern statesmen it really seems to mean that half a loaf ;is better than a whole loaf.

G. K. Chesterton on compromise
5

A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things.

G. K. Chesterton on religion
5

The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting.

It has been found difficult; and left untried.

G. K. Chesterton on christianity
5

Merely having an open mind is nothing;

the object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.

G. K. Chesterton on intelligence
5

The madman is not the man who has lost his reason.

He is the man who has lost everything except his reason.

G. K. Chesterton on reason
5

With any recovery from morbidity there must go a certain healthy humiliation.

G. K. Chesterton on healing
5

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms.

It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.

G. K. Chesterton on bravery
4

Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all.

G. K. Chesterton on love
4

The golden age only comes to men when they have forgotten gold.

G. K. Chesterton on gold
4

The man who throws a bomb is an artist, because he prefers a great moment to everything.

G. K. Chesterton on terrorism
4

Marriage is an adventure, like going to war.

G. K. Chesterton on marriage
4

One of the great disadvantages of hurry is that it takes such a long time.

G. K. Chesterton on hate
4

The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land;

it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land.

G. K. Chesterton on travel
4

An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered.

An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.

G. K. Chesterton on journeys
4

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

G. K. Chesterton on democracy
4

The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground.

G. K. Chesterton on playgames
4

There is nothing the matter with Americans except their ideals.

The real American is all right; it is the ideal American who is all wrong.

G. K. Chesterton on america
3

What people call impartiality may simply mean indifference, and what people call partiality may simply mean mental activity.

G. K. Chesterton on neutrality
3