Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes

Gilbert Keith Chesterton, KC*SG (29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936), better known as G. K. Chesterton, was an English writer, poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, orator, lay theologian, biographer, and literary and art critic. 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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Gilbert K. Chesterton


To be clever enough to get all that money, one must be stupid enough to want it.

Gilbert K. Chesterton


Youth is the period in which a man can be hopeless. The end of every episode is the end of the world. But the power of hoping through everything, the knowledge that the soul survives its adventures, that great inspiration comes to the middle-aged.

Gilbert K. Chesterton


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

Gilbert K. Chesterton


Real development is not leaving things behind, as on a road, but drawing life from them, as from a root.

Gilbert K. Chesterton


Moral issues are always terribly complex for someone without principles.

Gilbert K. Chesterton


Though the academic authorities are actually proud of conducting everything by means of Examinations, they seldom indulge in what religious people used to descibe as Self-Examination. The consequence is that the modern State has educated its citizens in a series of ephemeral fads.

Gilbert K. Chesterton


I am going to hold a pistol to the head of the Modern Man. But I shall not use it to kill him"?only to bring him to life.

Gilbert K. Chesterton


If the common man in the past had a grave respect for property, it may conceivably have been because he sometimes had some of his own.

Gilbert K. Chesterton


America has a new delicacy, a coarse, rank refinement.

Gilbert K. Chesterton


America has a genius for the encouragement of fame.

Gilbert K. Chesterton


America is the only country ever founded on a creed.

Gilbert K. Chesterton


Dear Sir: Regarding your article 'What's Wrong with the World?' I am. Yours truly,

Gilbert K. Chesterton


It is quite an old-fashioned fallacy to suppose that our objection to scepticism is that it removes the discipline from life. Our objection to scepticism is that it removes the motive power. Materialism is not a thing which destroys mere restraint. Materialism itself is the great restraint.

Gilbert K. Chesterton


The aim of life is appreciation; there is no sense in not appreciating things; and there is no sense in having more of them if you have less appreciation of them.

Gilbert K. Chesterton


Thinking in isolation and with pride ends in being an idiot.

Gilbert K. Chesterton