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Quotations by Gilbert K. Chesterton

Gilbert K. Chesterton Biography

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Name:Gilbert K. Chesterton
Nationality:English
Born:May 29, 1874
Died:June 14, 1936
Aged:62
Total Quotes:142

List of Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes

We found 142 quote(s) by this author: Gilbert K. Chesterton.


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A businessman is the only man who is forever apologizing for his occupation.

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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 man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying.

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A man who says that no patriot should attack the war until it is over... is saying no good son should warn his mother of a cliff until she has fallen.

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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 radical generally meant a man who thought he could somehow pull up the root without affecting the flower. A conservative generally meant a man who wanted to conserve everything except his own reason for conserving anything.

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A room without books is like a body without a soul.

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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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A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition.

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A yawn is a silent shout.

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Tags: Shout, Silent, Yawn

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All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.

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All conservatism is based upon the idea that if you leave things alone you leave them as they are. But you do not. If you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change.

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All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.

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An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.

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An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.

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And they that rule in England, in stately conclaves met, alas, alas for England they have no graves as yet.

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And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.

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Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.

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Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.

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Artistic temperament is the disease that afflicts amateurs.

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Being "contented" ought to mean in English, as it does in French, being pleased. Being content with an attic ought not to mean being unable to move from it and resigned to living in it; it ought to mean appreciating all there is in such a position.

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Brave men are all vertebrates; they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle.

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Buddhism is not a creed, it is a doubt.

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