Gilbert Keith Chesterton Quotes

Gilbert Keith Chesterton, 1874 – 1936

Born: 29 May 1874, Kensington, London, England
Died: 14 June 1936, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England

Raised at London, Chesterton was educated at St Paul’s School. While he studied to be an illustrator at the Slade School of Art he took literature classes at University College London but didn’t complete a degree at either. He worked in a publishing house until 1902 while developing freelance markets for art and literary criticism. He married Frances Blogg in 1901. Raised as an Anglican, he drifted away from his faith, becoming fascinated with the occult and experimenting with Ouija boards. As an adult he returned to orthodox Christian theology, first returning to his Anglican roots and converting to Roman Catholicism in 1922, adding significant Christian biographies to the 75 books and hundreds of essays, reviews, and short stories that he had written. His work appeared in at least 125 different publications, not counting appearing an just about every collection of quotes.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton quotes:

“My country, right or wrong,” is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying, “My mother, drunk or sober.”
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton

A beetle may or may not be inferior to a man — the matter awaits demonstration; but if he were inferior by ten thousand fathoms, the fact remains that there is probably a beetle view of things of which a man is entirely ignorant. If he wishes to conceive that point of view, he will scarcely reach it by persistently revelling in the fact that he is not a beetle.
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton

A businessman is the only man who is forever apologizing for his occupation.
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton

A good novel tells you the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells you the truth about its author.
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton

A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying.
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton

A man must be orthodox upon most things, or he will never even have time to preach his own heresy.
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton

A man who says that no patriot should attack the war until it is over … is saying no good son should warn his mother of a cliff until she has fallen.
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton

A mystic is a man who separates heaven and earth even if he enjoys them both.
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton

A new philosophy generally means in practice the praise of some old vice.
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton

A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things.
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton

A radical generally meant a man who thought he could somehow pull up the root without affecting the flower. A conservative generally meant a man who wanted to conserve everything except his own reason for conserving anything.
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton

A stiff apology is a second insult. The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt.
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton

A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition.
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton

A yawn is a silent shout.
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton

All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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