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G. K. Chesterton Quotes


British writer, critic and author of verse, essays, novels, and short stories.
(1874 - 1936)

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'My country, right or wrong' is a thing no patriot would ever think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying 'My mother, drunk or sober.'
 

[A pacifist is] the last and least excusable on the list of the enemies of society.
 

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

A dead thing goes with the stream. Only a living thing can go against it.
 

A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
 

A great city is the place to escape the true drama of provincial life, and find solace in fantasy.
 

A large section of the intelligentsia seems wholly devoid of intelligence.
 

A liberated woman is one who rises up and says to her menfolk, 'I will not be dictated to,' and proceeds to become a stenographer
 

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

A man must love a thing very much if he not only practises it without any hope of fame and money, but even practises it without any hope of doing it well.
[Work]
 

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.
 

A new philosophy generally means in practice the praise of some old vice.
 

A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things.
 

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.
 

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

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.
 

A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching.
 

A tragedy means always a man's struggle with that which is stronger than man.
[Life]
 

A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition.
[Intelligence]
 

A yawn is a silent shout.
 


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