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.


The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.

G.K. Chesterton

How can it be a large career to tell other people's children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one's own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? No. A woman's function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute. I will pity Mrs. Jones for the hugeness of her task; I will never pity her for its smallness.     

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

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

G.K. Chesterton

The trouble with always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do without destroying the health of the mind.      

G.K. Chesterton

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

G.K. Chesterton

Pride juggles with her toppling towers, They strike the sun and cease. But the firm feet of humility, They grip the ground like trees.

G.K. Chesterton

Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.     

G.K. Chesterton

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

G.K. Chesterton

Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.      

G.K. Chesterton

The family is the test of freedom; because the family is the only thing that the free man makes for himself and by himself.

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

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

G.K. Chesterton

Tolerance is the virtue of men who don't believe in anything.

G.K. Chesterton

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

G.K. Chesterton

It seems a pity that psychology has destroyed all our knowledge of human nature.

G.K. Chesterton

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

G.K. Chesterton

The reason angels can fly is because they take themselves lightly.

G.K. Chesterton

We ought to see far enough into a hypocrite to see even his sincerity.     

G.K. Chesterton

The trouble with always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do without destroying the health of the mind.     

G.K. Chesterton

The issue is now clear. It is between light and darkness and everyone must choose his side.

G.K. Chesterton

The most poetical thing in the world is not being sick.     

G.K. Chesterton

The trouble with always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do without destroying the health of the mind.     

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 reason angels can fly is because they take themselves lightly.

G.K. Chesterton

Coincidences are spiritual puns.     

G.K. Chesterton

No man who worships education has got the best out of education…. Without a gentle contempt for education no man’s education is complete.

G.K. Chesterton

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

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

Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable.     

G.K. Chesterton

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