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Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “If the apple hit Newton’s nose, Newton’s nose hit the apple.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “Art is born when the temporary touches the eternal.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “Cruelty is, perhaps, the worst kid of sin. Intellectual cruelty is certainly the worst kind of cruelty.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “The rolling stone rolls echoing from rock to rock; but the rolling stone is dead. The moss is silent because the moss is alive.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “What is called matriarchy is simply moral anarchy, in which the mother alone remains fixed because all the fathers are fugitive and irresponsible.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “Idolatry is when you worship what you should use, and use what you should worship.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “There are no words to express the abyss between isolation and having one ally.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “Time and again, the Faith has to all appearances gone to the dogs. But each time, it was the dog that died.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “To be wrong, and to be carefully wrong, that is the definition of decadence.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “If you do not understand a man you cannot crush him. And if you do understand him, very probably you will not.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “Dipsomaniac and the abstainer are not only both mistaken, but they both make the same mistake. They both regard wine as a drug and not as a drink.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “Fairy tales say that apples were golden only to refresh the forgotten moment when we found that they were green. They make rivers run with wine only to make us remember, for one wild moment, that they run with water.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “A good joke is the closest thing we have to divine revelation.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “No man’s really any good till he knows how bad he is, or might be...”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “The function of the imagination is not to make strange things settled, so much as to make settled things strange.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “The aim of good prose words is to mean what they say. The aim of good poetical words is to mean what they do not say.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “It is hard to make government representative when it is also remote.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “A great man knows he is not God, and the greater he is the better he knows it.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “The ignorant pronounce it Frood To cavil or applaud The well-informed pronounce it Froyd But I pronounce it Fraud.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “Brave men are all vertebrates; they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “The full value of this life can only be got by fighting; the violent take it by storm. And if we have accepted everything we have missed something – war. This life of ours is a very enjoyable fight, but a very miserable truce.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “The center of every man’s existence is a dream.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “If I did not believe in God, I should still want my doctor, my lawyer and my banker to do so.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “Silence is the unbearable repartee.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “It is better to speak wisdom foolishly like the saints than to speak folly wisely like the deans.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “You can free things from alien or accidental laws, but not from the laws of their own nature. You may, if you like, free a tiger from his bars; but do not free him from his stripes.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “The Universe is the most extraordinary masterpiece ever constructed by nobody.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “Making the landlord and the tenant the same person has certain advantages, as that the tenant pays no rent, while the landlord does a little work.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “The perplexity of life arises from there being too many interesting things in it for us to be interested properly in any of them.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “Women are the only realists; their whole object in life is to pit their realism against the extravagant, excessive, and occasionally drunken idealism of men.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “The lunatic is the man who lives in a small world but thinks it is a large one; he is the man who lives in a tenth of the truth, and thinks it is the whole. The madman cannot conceive any cosmos outside a certain tale or conspiracy or vision.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “Modern nature-worship is all upside down. Trees and fields ought to be the ordinary things; terraces and temples ought to be extraordinary. I am on the side of the man who lives in the country and wants to go to London.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “The aesthete aims at harmony rather than beauty. If his hair does not match the mauve sunset against which he is standing, he hurriedly dyes his hair another shade of mauve. If his wife does not go with the wall-paper, he gets a divorce.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “The voice of the special rebels and prophets, recommending discontent, should, as I have said, sound now and then suddenly, like a trumpet. But the voices of the saints and sages, recommending contentment, should sound unceasingly, like the sea.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “I am at one with my duality.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “Science must not impose any philosophy, any more than the telephone must tell us what to say.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “The first fact about the celebration of a birthday is that it is a way of affirming defiantly, and even flamboyantly, that it is a good thing to be alive.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “The disadvantage of men not knowing the past is that they do not know the present.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “The Devil’s walking parody; On all four-footed things.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “If you’d take your head home and boil it for a turnip it might be useful. I can’t say. But it might.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “There are two kinds of charlatan: the man who is called a charlatan, and the man who really is one. The first is the quack who cures you; the second is the highly qualified person who doesn’t.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “As an explanation of the world materialism has a sort of insane simplicity. It has the quality of a madman’s arguments; we have at once the sense of it covering everything and the sense of it leaving everything out.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “The cosmos is about the smallest hole that a man can hide his head in.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “Eugenics asserts that all men must be so stupid that they cannot manage their own affairs; and also so clever that they can manage each other’s.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “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.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “Boys like romantic tales; but babies like realistic tales-because they find them romantic.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “Correctitude implies nowadays a formal or fastidious use of words; and what is wanted is not so much the correct as the living use of words. It is the memory of the meaning of a word which is the life of the word.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton Quote: “Laughter has something in it common with the ancient words of faith and inspiration; it unfreezes pride and unwinds secrecy; it makes people forget themselves in the presence of something greater than themselves.”
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