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Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.”

To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton



Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.”

Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.”

If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “Jesus promised his disciples three things – that they would be completely fearless, absurdly happy, and in constant trouble.”

Jesus promised his disciples three things – that they would be completely fearless, absurdly happy, and in constant trouble.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”

The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “There is only one thing certain and that is that nothing is certain.”

There is only one thing certain and that is that nothing is certain.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “Whenever you remove any fence, always pause long enough to ask why it was put there in the first place.”

Whenever you remove any fence, always pause long enough to ask why it was put there in the first place.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.”

Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “God is like the sun; you cannot look at it, but without it you cannot look at anything else.”

God is like the sun; you cannot look at it, but without it you cannot look at anything else.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “A dead thing goes with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.”

A dead thing goes with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton



Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “It isn’t that they can’t see the solution. It is that they can’t see the problem.”

It isn’t that they can’t see the solution. It is that they can’t see the problem.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “If seeds in the black earth can turn into such beautiful roses, what might not the heart of man become in its long journey toward the stars?”

If seeds in the black earth can turn into such beautiful roses, what might not the heart of man become in its long journey toward the stars?

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.”

Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “Humility is the mother of giants.”

Humility is the mother of giants.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “Gratitude produced the most purely joyful moments that have been known to man.”

Gratitude produced the most purely joyful moments that have been known to man.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.”

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

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.”

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

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “Here ends another day, during which I have had eyes, ears, hands and the great world around me. Tomorrow begins another day. Why am I allowed two?”

Here ends another day, during which I have had eyes, ears, hands and the great world around me. Tomorrow begins another day. Why am I allowed two?

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.”

Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton



Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “Right is Right even if nobody does it. Wrong is wrong even if everybody is wrong about it.”

Right is Right even if nobody does it. Wrong is wrong even if everybody is wrong about it.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “We’re all in the same boat, and we’re all seasick.”

We’re all in the same boat, and we’re all seasick.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.”

There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.”

The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home.”

Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “They say travel broadens the mind, but you must have the mind.”

They say travel broadens the mind, but you must have the mind.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “With every step of our lives we enter into the middle of some story which we are certain to misunderstand.”

With every step of our lives we enter into the middle of some story which we are certain to misunderstand.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people.”

The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it.”

It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “Gratitude, being nearly the greatest of human duties, is also nearly the most difficult.”

Gratitude, being nearly the greatest of human duties, is also nearly the most difficult.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “There are no uninteresting things, only uninterested people.”

There are no uninteresting things, only uninterested people.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “Cleanliness is not next to godliness nowadays, for cleanliness is made an essential and godliness is regarded as an offence.”

Cleanliness is not next to godliness nowadays, for cleanliness is made an essential and godliness is regarded as an offence.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “The point is not that this world is too sad to love or too glad not to love; the point is that when you do love a thing, its gladness is a reason for loving it, and its sadness a reason for loving it more.”

The point is not that this world is too sad to love or too glad not to love; the point is that when you do love a thing, its gladness is a reason for loving it, and its sadness a reason for loving it more.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “The main point of Christianity was this: that Nature is not our mother: Nature is our sister.”

The main point of Christianity was this: that Nature is not our mother: Nature is our sister.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “I had always felt life first as a story: and if there is a story there is a story-teller.”

I had always felt life first as a story: and if there is a story there is a story-teller.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “When belief in God becomes difficult, the tendency is to turn away from Him; but in heaven’s name to what?”

When belief in God becomes difficult, the tendency is to turn away from Him; but in heaven’s name to what?

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “It is easy to be heavy: hard to be light.”

It is easy to be heavy: hard to be light.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win.”

How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected.”

The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “Meaninglessness does not come from being weary of pain. Meaninglessness comes from being weary of pleasure.”

Meaninglessness does not come from being weary of pain. Meaninglessness comes from being weary of pleasure.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “Wherever there is animal worship, there is human sacrifice.”

Wherever there is animal worship, there is human sacrifice.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.”

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

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances that we know to be desperate.”

Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances that we know to be desperate.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.”

Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.”

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.”

You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “We need to be reminded more than we need to be instructed.”

We need to be reminded more than we need to be instructed.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “There is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect.”

There is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “Modern man is educated to understand foreign languages and misunderstand foreigners.”

Modern man is educated to understand foreign languages and misunderstand foreigners.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton


Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “You’ll never find the solution if you don’t see the problem.”

You’ll never find the solution if you don’t see the problem.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton

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