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G. K. Chesterton Quotes


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Nietzche started a nonsensical idea that men had once sought as good what we now call evil; if it were so, we could not talk of surpassing or even falling short of them.
 

No man can be merry unless he is serious.
[Happiness]
 

No man who worships education has got the best out of education... Without a gentle contempt for education no man's education is complete.
[Education]
 

Nothing is poetical if plain daylight is not poetical; and no monster should amaze us if the normal man does not amaze.
 

Nowadays a citizen can hardly distinguish between a tax and a fine, except that the fine is generally much lighter.
 

Of all modern notions, the worst is this: that domesticity is dull. Inside the home, they say, is dead decorum and routine; outside is adventure and variety. But the truth is that the home is the only place of liberty, the only spot on earth where a man can alter arrangements suddenly, make an experiment or indulge in a whim. The home is not the one tame place in a world of adventure; it is the one wild place in a world of rules and set tasks.
 

Once I planned to write a book of poems entirely about the things in my pocket. But I found it would be too long; and the age of the great epics is past.
 

One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self is more distant than any star.
[Self Knowledge]
 

One must somehow find a way of loving the world without trusting it; somehow one must love the world without being worldly.
 

One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.
 

Passion makes every detail important.
[Passion]
 

People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.
 

People in high life are hardened to the wants and distresses of mankind as surgeons are to their bodily pains.
 

People who lose all their charity generally lose all their logic.
[Charity]
 

People who make history know nothing about history. You can see that in the sort of history they make.
 

Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
 

Psychoanalysis is confession without absolution.
[Psychiatry]
 

Ritual will always mean throwing away something: destroying our corn or wine upon the altar of our gods.
[Worship]
 

Science in the modern world has many uses; its chief use, however, is to provide long words to cover the errors of the rich.
 

Seemingly from the dawn of man all nations have had governments; and all nations have been ashamed of them.
 


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