G. K. Chesterton Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old g. k. chesterton quotes, g. k. chesterton sayings, and g. k. chesterton proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

G. K. Chesterton

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

G. K. Chesterton

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

G. K. Chesterton

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

G. K. Chesterton

The home is not the one tame place in the world of adventure. It is the one wild place in the world of rules and set tasks.     

G. K. Chesterton

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.     

G. K. Chesterton

You cannot love a thing without wanting to fight for it.     

G. K. Chesterton

One of the chief uses of religion is that it makes us remember our coming from darkness, the simple fact that we are created.     

G. K. Chesterton

Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead.     

G. K. Chesterton

True contentment is a real, even an active virtue - not only affirmative but creative. It is the power of getting out of any situation all there is in it.     

G. K. Chesterton

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.     

G. K. Chesterton

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

G. K. Chesterton

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.     

G. K. Chesterton

The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul.     

G. K. Chesterton

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

G. K. Chesterton

Soldiers have many faults, but they have one redeeming merit; they are never worshippers of force. Soldiers more than any other men are taught severely and systematically that might is not right.     

G. K. Chesterton

Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.     

G. K. Chesterton

Marriage is an adventure, like going to war.     

G. K. Chesterton

We are all in the same boat in a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty.     

G. K. Chesterton

The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion.     

G. K. Chesterton

Children are innocent and love justice, while most adults are wicked and prefer mercy.     

G. K. Chesterton

Too much capitalism does not mean too many capitalists, but too few capitalists.     

G. K. Chesterton

The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land.     

G. K. Chesterton

Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.     

G. K. Chesterton

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

G. K. Chesterton

Tyranny over a man is not tyranny: it is rebellion, for man is royal.     

G. K. Chesterton

The simplification of anything is always sensational.     

G. K. Chesterton

The vulgar man is always the most distinguished, for the very desire to be distinguished is vulgar.     

G. K. Chesterton

When once you have got hold of a vulgar joke, you may be certain that you have got hold of a subtle and spiritual idea.     

G. K. Chesterton

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

G. K. Chesterton