G. K. Chesterton

conservative English writer of the Roman Catholic persuasion; in addition to volumes of criticism and polemics he wrote detective novels featuring Father Brown (1874-1936)

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Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult, and not tried.Rate it:
Don't ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up.Rate it:
Journalism largely consists of saying 'Lord Jones is Dead' to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.Rate it:
Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.Rate it:
The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion.Rate it:
It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see the problem.Rate it:
It is not bigotry to be certain we are right but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong.Rate it:
A cosmic philosophy is not constructed to fit a man; a cosmic philosophy is constructed to fit a cosmos. A man can no more possess a private religion than he can possess a private sun and moon.Rate it:
A dead thing goes with the stream. Only a living thing can go against it.Rate it:
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.Rate it:
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.Rate it:
A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying.Rate it:
All slang is a metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.Rate it:
An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.Rate it:
An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.Rate it:
Angels fly because they take themselves lightly.Rate it:
Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.Rate it:
Brave men are all vertebrates they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle.Rate it:
By a curious confusion, many modern critics have passed from the proposition that a masterpiece may be unpopular to the other proposition that unless it is unpopular it cannot be a masterpiece.Rate it:
Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.Rate it:
Half a truth is better than no politics.Rate it:
I believe in getting into hot water it keeps you clean.Rate it:
I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean.Rate it:
I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.Rate it:
I say that a man must be certain of his morality for the simple reason that he has to suffer for it.Rate it:
I still believe in liberalism today as much as I ever did, but, oh, there was a happy time when I believed in liberals...Rate it:
If a rhinoceros were to enter this resteraunt now, there is no denying he would have great power here. But I would be the first to rise and assure him that he had no authority whatever.Rate it:
If there were no God, there would be no Atheists.Rate it:
It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong.Rate it:
Journalism is popular, but it is popular mainly as fiction. Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers is another.Rate it:
Literature is a luxury fiction is a necessity.Rate it:
Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all.Rate it:
Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers. In the perfect stranger we perceive man himself; the image of a God is not disguised by resemblances to an uncle or doubts of wisdom of a mustache.Rate it:
Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
One of the great disadvantages of hurry is that it takes such a long time.Rate it:
People in high life are hardened to the wants and distresses of mankind as surgeons are to their bodily pains.Rate it:
The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies probably because they are generally the same people.Rate it:
The honest poor can sometimes forget poverty. The honest rich can never forget it.Rate it:
The only way of catching a train I have ever discovered is to miss the train before.Rate it:
The poor complain that they are governed badly. The rich complain that they are governed at all.Rate it:
The rich are the scum of the earth in every country.Rate it:
There are no wise few. Every aristocracy that has ever existed has behaved, in all essential points, exactly like a small mob.Rate it:
There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read.Rate it:
There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person.Rate it:
To be clever enough to get all the money, one must be stupid enough to want it.Rate it:
To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.Rate it:
Truth must necessarily be stranger than fiction, for fiction is the creation of the human mind and therefore congenial to it.Rate it:
Virtue is not the absense of vices or the avoidance of moral dangers virtue is a vivid and separate ting, like pain or a particular smell.Rate it:
When we really worship anything, we love not only its clearness but its obscurity. We exult in its very invisibility.Rate it:
You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolutionRate it:

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