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Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes

(1874-1936), British Author

The doctrine of human equality reposes on this: that there is no man really clever who has not found that he is stupid.

Category: Cleverness

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

Category: Color

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

Category: Committees And Meetings

The perplexity of life arises from there being too many interesting things in it for us to be interested properly in any of them.

Category: Complexity

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.

Category: Compromise

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

Category: Conflict

Being ''contented'' ought to mean in English, as it does in French, being pleased. Being content with an attic ought not to mean being unable to move from it and resigned to living in it; it ought to mean appreciating all there is in such a position.

Category: Contentment

True contentment is a thing as active as agriculture. It is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it. It is arduous and it is rare.

Category: Contentment

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

Category: Convalescence

The cosmos is about the smallest hole that a man can hide his head in.

Category: Cosmos

Courage is getting away from death by continually coming within an inch of it.

Category: Courage

Brave men are all vertebrates; they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle.

Category: Courage

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.

Category: Courage

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

Category: Democracy

There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person.

Category: Dullness