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 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

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

G.K. Chesterton

There are no uninteresting things, only uninterested people.     

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 man who kills a man kills a man. The man who kills himself kills all men. As far as he is concerned, he wipes out the world.     

G.K. Chesterton

London is a riddle. Paris is an explanation.     

G.K. Chesterton

It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it.     

G.K. Chesterton

The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people.     

G.K. Chesterton

For children are innocent and love justice, while most of us are wicked and naturally prefer mercy.     

G.K. Chesterton

I am not absentminded. It is the presence of mind that makes me unaware of everything else.     

G.K. Chesterton

Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances that we know to be desperate.     

G.K. Chesterton

Reason is itself a matter of faith. It is an act of faith to assert that our thoughts have any relation to reality at all.     

G.K. Chesterton

The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.     

G.K. Chesterton

There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.     

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

If we are bound to improve, we need not trouble to improve. The pure doctrine of progress is the best of all reasons for not being a progressive.     

G.K. Chesterton

People wonder why the novel is the most popular form of literature; people wonder why it is read more than books of science or books of metaphysics. The reason is very simple; it is merely that the novel is more true than they are.     

G.K. Chesterton

Cruelty is, perhaps, the worst kid of sin. Intellectual cruelty is certainly the worst kind of cruelty.     

G.K. Chesterton

No things could seem further apart than the doubt of grey and the decision of scarlet. Yet grey and red can mingle, as they do in the morning clouds.     

G.K. Chesterton

A mystic is a man who separates heaven and earth even if he enjoys them both.     

G.K. Chesterton

Realism is simply Romanticism that has lost its reasonthat is its reason for existing.     

G.K. Chesterton

Psychoanalysis is confession without absolution.     

G.K. Chesterton

Think of all those ages through which men have had the courage to die, and then remember that we have actually fallen to talking about having the courage to live.     

G.K. Chesterton

Thrift is poetic because it is creative; waste is unpoetic because it is waste.     

G.K. Chesterton

Hell is God's great compliment to the reality of human freedom and the dignity of human choice.     

G.K. Chesterton

For fear of the newspapers politicians are dull, and at last they are too dull even for the newspapers.     

G.K. Chesterton

There are no words to express the abyss between isolation and having one ally. It may be conceded to the mathematician that four is twice two. But two is not twice one; two is two thousand times one.     

G.K. Chesterton

There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.     

G.K. Chesterton

Private lives are more important than public reputations.     

G.K. Chesterton

One would think it would be most unwise in a man to be afraid of a skeleton, since Nature has set curious and quite insuperable obstacles to his running away from it.     

G.K. Chesterton