Against a dark sky, all flowers look like fireworks.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton

The most provocative Gilbert K. Chesterton quotes that are free to learn and impress others

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.

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It is absurd for the Evolutionist to complain that it is unthinkable for an admittedly unthinkable God to make everything out of nothing and then pretend that it is more thinkable that nothing should turn itself into everything.

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The more I considered Christianity, the more I found that while it had established a rule and order, the chief aim of that order was to give room for good things to run wild.

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Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.

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A really great person is the person who makes every person feel great.

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

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When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?

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The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.

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Large organization is loose organization.

Nay, it would be almost as true to say that organization is always disorganization.

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White... is not a mere absence of colour; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black... God paints in many colours; but He never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white.

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Man does not live by soap alone; and hygiene, or even health, is not much good unless you can take a healthy view of it or, better still, feel a healthy indifference to it.

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When belief in God becomes difficult, the tendency is to turn away from Him;

but in heaven's name to what?

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About Gilbert K. Chesterton

Quotes 1194 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Writer
Birthday October 16

Fairy tales are more than true.

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Only man can be absurd: for only man can be dignified.

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Faith means believing the unbelievable.

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There is less difference than many suppose between the ideal Socialist system, in which the big businesses are run by the State, and the present Capitalist system, in which the State is run by the big businesses.

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We are all in the same boat, in a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty.

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But the truth is that it is only by believing in God that we can ever criticise the Government. Once abolish the God, and the Government becomes the God.

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Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.

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All my authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

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

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Many clever men like you have trusted to civilization.

Many clever Babylonians, many clever Egyptians, many clever men at the end of Rome. Can you tell me, in a world that is flagrant with the failures of civilisation, what there is particularly immortal about yours?

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If you happen to read fairy tales, you will observe that one idea runs from one end of them to the other--the idea that peace and happiness can only exist on some condition. This idea, which is the core of ethics, is the core of the nursery-tales.

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

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A great deal of contemporary criticism reads to me like a man saying, 'Of course I do not like green cheese. I am very fond of brown sherry.

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Let a man walk ten miles steadily on a hot summer's day along a dusty English road, and he will soon discover why beer was invented.

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If men will not be governed by the Ten Commandments, they shall be governed by the ten thousand commandments

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Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.

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It is the decisive people who have become civilised;

it is the indecisive, otherwise called the higher sceptics, or the idealistic doubters, who have remained barbarians.

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The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives.

The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected.

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Do not be so open-minded that your brains fall out.

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

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The home is not the one tame place in the world of adventure.

It is the one wild place in the world of rules and set tasks.

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All men are ordinary men; the extraordinary men are those who know it.

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Right is Right even if nobody does it. Wrong is wrong even if everybody is wrong about it.

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If I can put one touch of rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God.

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The only way to be sure of catching a train is to miss the one before it.

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We should always endeavor to wonder at the permanent thing, not at the mere exception. We should be startled by the sun, and not by the eclipse. We should wonder less at the earthquake, and wonder more at the earth.

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A thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed;

but a thing created is loved before it exists.

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Stick to the man who looks out of the window and tries to understand the world.

Keep clear of the man who looks in at the window and tries to understand you.

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Whenever you remove any fence, always pause long enough to ask why it was put there in the first place.

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A dead thing goes with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.

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Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.

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The beautification of the world is not a work of nature, but a work of art, then it involves an artist.

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To be simple is the best thing in the world.

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

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The main point of Christianity was this: that Nature is not our mother: Nature is our sister.

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

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Moderate strength is shown in violence, supreme strength is shown in levity.

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