Gilbert Keith 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 good novel tells you the truth about its hero but a bad novel tells you the truth about its author.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
All architecture is great architecture after sunset perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.Rate it:
Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.Rate it:
Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.Rate it:
Coincidences are spiritual puns.Rate it:
Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.Rate it:
Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.Rate it:
Dogmatism does not mean the absence of thought, but the end of thought.Rate it:
Don't ever take a fence down until you know the reason why it was put up.Rate it:
Education is the period during which you are being instructed by somebody you do not know, about something you do not want to know.Rate it:
Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons.Rate it:
Happy is he who still loves something he loved in the nursery He has not been broken in two by time he is not two men, but one, and he has saved not only his soul, but his life.Rate it:
Hell is God's great compliment to the reality of human freedom and the dignity of human choice.Rate it:
I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.Rate it:
I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
It is not funny that anything else should fall down only that a man should fall down. Why do we laugh Because it is a gravely religious matter it is the Fall of Man. Only man can be absurd for only man can be dignified.Rate it:
It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it.Rate it:
It isn't that they can't see the solution. It's that they can't see the problem.Rate it:
Marriage is an adventure, like going to war.Rate it:
Materialists and madmen never have doubts.Rate it:
Men feel that cruelty to the poor is a kind of cruelty to animals. They never feel that it is an injustice to equals nay it is treachery to comrades.Rate it:
Merely having an open mind is nothing. The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.Rate it:
Never invoke the gods unless you really want them to appear. It annoys them very much.Rate it:
People who make history know nothing about history. You can see that in the sort of history they make.Rate it:
The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried.Rate it:
The men who really believe in themselves are all in lunatic asylums.Rate it:
The only words that ever satisfied me as describing Nature are the terms used in fairy books, charm, spell, enchantment. They express the arbitrariness of the fact and its mystery.Rate it:
The soul goes round upon a wheel of stars and all things return....Good and evil go round in a wheel that is one thing and not many. Do you not realise in your heart, do you not believe behind all your beliefs, that there is but one reality and we are its shadows and that all things are but aspects of one thing a centre where men melt into Man and Man into God 'No,' said Father Brown.Rate it:
The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.Rate it:
There is something to be said for every error but, whatever may be said for it, the most important thing to be said about it is that it is erroneous.Rate it:
Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect 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:
We make our friends we make our enemies but God makes our next door neighbour.Rate it:
You can only find truth with logic if you have already found it without it.Rate it:

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