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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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.
A dead thing goes with the stream. Only a living thing can go against it.
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying.
All slang is a metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.
An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.
An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.
Angels fly because they take themselves lightly.
Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.
Brave men are all vertebrates they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle.
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.
Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult, and not tried.
Don't ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up.
Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.
Half a truth is better than no politics.
I believe in getting into hot water it keeps you clean.
I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean.
I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.
I say that a man must be certain of his morality for the simple reason that he has to suffer for 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...
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.
If there were no God, there would be no Atheists.
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.
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.
It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see the problem.
Journalism is popular, but it is popular mainly as fiction. Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers is another.
Journalism largely consists of saying 'Lord Jones is Dead' to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.
Literature is a luxury fiction is a necessity.
Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all.
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.
Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.
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.
One of the great disadvantages of hurry is that it takes such a long time.
People in high life are hardened to the wants and distresses of mankind as surgeons are to their bodily pains.
Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies probably because they are generally the same people.
The honest poor can sometimes forget poverty. The honest rich can never forget it.
The only way of catching a train I have ever discovered is to miss the train before.
The poor complain that they are governed badly. The rich complain that they are governed at all.
The rich are the scum of the earth in every country.
The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion.
There are no wise few. Every aristocracy that has ever existed has behaved, in all essential points, exactly like a small mob.
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.
There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person.
To be clever enough to get all the money, one must be stupid enough to want it.
To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.
Truth must necessarily be stranger than fiction, for fiction is the creation of the human mind and therefore congenial to 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.
When we really worship anything, we love not only its clearness but its obscurity. We exult in its very invisibility.
You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution

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