Quotes by Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

English writer

Lived from: 1874 - 1936

Category: Writers (Contemporary) Country: FlagUnited Kingdom

Born: 29 may 1874 Died: 14 june 1936

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  • A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things.
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  • Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
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  • A yawn is a silent shout.
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  • Compromise used to mean that half a loaf was better than no bread. Among modern statesmen it really seems to mean that half a loaf ;is better than a whole loaf.
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  • Man is an exception, whatever else he is. If he is not the image of God, then he is a disease of the dust. If it is not true that a divine being fell, then we can only say that one of the animals went entirely off its head.
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  • People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.
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  • The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.
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  • What people call impartiality may simply mean indifference, and what people call partiality may simply mean mental activity.
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  • "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."
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  • ''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.''
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  • A businessman is the only man who is forever apologizing for his occupation.
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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.
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  • A good novel tells us the truth about it's hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
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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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  • A large section of the intelligentsia seems wholly devoid of intelligence.
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  • A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying.
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  • A new philosophy generally means in practice the praise of some old vice.
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  • A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things.
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  • 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.
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  • A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching.
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