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Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes

(1874-1936), British Author

Man seems to be capable of great virtues but not of small virtues; capable of defying his torturer but not of keeping his temper.

Category: Virtue

The average man votes below himself; he votes with half a mind or a hundredth part of one. A man ought to vote with the whole of himself, as he worships or gets married. A man ought to vote with his head and heart, his soul and stomach, his eye for faces and his ear for music; also (when sufficiently provoked) with his hands and feet. If he has ever seen a fine sunset, the crimson color of it should creep into his vote. The question is not so much whether only a minority of the electorate votes. The point is that only a minority of the voter votes.

Category: Voting

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

Category: Vulgarity

There are many definite methods, honest and dishonest, which make people rich; the only ''instinct'' I know of which does it is that instinct which theological Christianity crudely describes as ''the sin of avarice.''

Category: Wealth

If prosperity is regarded as the reward of virtue it will be regarded as the symptom of virtue.

Category: Wealth

Variability is one of the virtues of a woman. It avoids the crude requirement of polygamy. So long as you have one good wife you are sure to have a spiritual harem.

Category: Wives

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

Category: Wonder

When we really worship anything, we love not only its clearness but its obscurity. We exult in its very invisibility.

Category: Worship

No man knows he is young while he is young.

Category: Youth