Gilbert K. Chesterton Sayings and Quotes

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


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

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

The fatal metaphor of progress, which means leaving things behind us, has utterly obscured the real idea of growth, which means leaving things inside us.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Tradition does not mean that the living are dead, it means that the dead are living.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

A man can never quite understand a boy, even when he has been a boy.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

It is as healthy to enjoy sentiment as to enjoy jam.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition.     

Gilbert 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.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

There is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

Gilbert K. Chesterton

The only way to be sure of catching a train is to miss the one before it.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

Gilbert K. Chesterton

We make our friends; we make our enemies; but God makes our next door neighbor.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

The eagle has no liberty; he only has loneliness.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

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.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Tradition may be defined as an extension of the franchise. Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Tradition does not mean that the living are dead, but that the dead are living.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Whenever you remove any fence, always pause long enough to ask why it was put there in the first place.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Meaninglessness does not come from being weary of pain. Meaninglessness comes from being weary of pleasure.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

Gilbert K. Chesterton

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.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Boyhood is a most complex and incomprehensible thing. Even when one has been through it, one does not understand what it was. A man can never quite understand a boy, even when he has been the boy.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

The present condition of fame is merely fashion.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Modern toleration is really a tyranny. It is a tyranny because it is a silence.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Each generation is converted by the saint who contradicts it most.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

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