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Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes

(1874-1936), British Author

Fable is more historical than fact, because fact tells us about one man and fable tells us about a million men.

Category: History And Historians

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

Category: Hope

Man is an exception, whatever else he is. If he is not the image of God, then he is a disease of the dust. If it is not true that a divine being fell, then we can only say that one of the animals went entirely off its head.

Category: Humankind

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.

Category: Hygiene

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

Category: Hypocrisy

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

Category: Impartiality

The greenhorn is the ultimate victor in everything; it is he that gets the most out of life.

Category: Innocence

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.

Category: Intelligence And Intellectuals

A large section of the intelligentsia seems wholly devoid of intelligence.

Category: Intelligence And Intellectuals

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

Category: Interest

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

Category: Intuition

The old idea that the joke was not good enough for the company has been superseded by the new aristocratic idea that the company was not worthy of the joke. They have introduced an almost insane individualism into that one form of intercourse which is specially and uproariously communal. They have made even levities into secrets. They have made laughter lonelier than tears.

Category: Jokes And Jokers

People accuse journalism of being too personal; but to me it has always seemed far too impersonal. It is charged with tearing away the veils from private life; but it seems to me to be always dropping diaphanous but blinding veils between men and men. The Yellow Press is abused for exposing facts which are private; I wish the Yellow Press did anything so valuable. It is exactly the decisive individual touches that it never gives; and a proof of this is that after one has met a man a million times in the newspapers it is always a complete shock and reversal to meet him in real life.

Category: Journalism And Journalists

Journalism consists largely in saying ''Lord James is dead'' to people who never knew Lord James was alive.

Category: Journalism And Journalists

Journalism is popular, but it is popular mainly as fiction. Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers another.

Category: Journalism And Journalists