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Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes

(1874-1936), British Author

Soldiers have many faults, but they have one redeeming merit; they are never worshippers of force. Soldiers more than any other men are taught severely and systematically that might is not right. The fact is obvious. The might is in the hundred men who obey. The right (or what is held to be right) is in the one man who commands them.

Category: Army And Navy

Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.

Category: Arts And Artists

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.

Category: Arts And Artists

The artistic temperament is a disease that affects amateurs. Artists of a large and wholesome vitality get rid of their art easily, as they breathe easily or perspire easily. But in artists of less force, the thing becomes a pressure, and produces a definite pain, which is called the artistic temperament.

Category: Arts And Artists

The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world. In this long vigil he often has to vary his methods of stimulation; but in this long vigil he is also himself striving against a continual tendency to sleep.

Category: Arts And Artists

Those thinkers who cannot believe in any gods often assert that the love of humanity would be in itself sufficient for them; and so, perhaps, it would, if they had it.

Category: Atheism

We call a man a bigot or a slave of dogma because he is a thinker who has thought thoroughly and to a definite end.

Category: Bigotry

A turkey is more occult and awful than all the angels and archangels. In so far as God has partly revealed to us an angelic world, he has partly told us what an angel means. But God has never told us what a turkey means. And if you go and stare at a live turkey for an hour or two, you will find by the end of it that the enigma has rather increased than diminished.

Category: Birds

A good novel tells us the truth about it's hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.

Category: Books And Reading

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

Category: Books And Reading

A yawn is a silent shout.

Category: Bores And Boredom

Boyhood is a most complex and incomprehensible thing. Even when one has been through it, one does not understand what it was. A man can never quite understand a boy, even when he has been the boy.

Category: Boys

Buddhism is not a creed, it is a doubt.

Category: Buddhism

Chastity does not mean abstention from sexual wrong; it means something flaming, like Joan of Arc.

Category: Chastity

The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.

Category: Christians And Christianity