G. K. Chesterton Quotes

Gilbert Keith Chesterton, KC*SG (29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936) better known as G. K. Chesterton, was an English writer, lay theologian, poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, orator, literary and art critic, biographer, and Christian apologist. Chesterton is often referred to as the "prince of paradox." Time magazine has observed of his writing style: "Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories—first carefully turning them inside out."

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

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

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“The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it.”

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

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

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

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“Life exists for the love of music or beautiful things.”

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“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.”

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“We are justified in enforcing good morals, for they belong to all mankind; but we are not justified in enforcing good manners, for good manners always mean our own manners.”

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“The true object of all human life is play.”

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“The word "good" has many meanings. For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of five hundred yards, I should call him a good shot, but not necessarily a good man.”

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“Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable.”

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“If I can put one touch of rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God.”

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“A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching.”

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“Every act of will is an act of self-limitation. To desire action is to desire limitation. In that sense, every act is an act of self-sacrifice. When you choose anything, you reject everything else.”

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