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.


What we all dread most is a maze with no centre.     

G.K. Chesterton

To love anything is to realize that it might be lost.     

G.K. Chesterton

Every murderer is probably somebody’s old friend.     

G.K. Chesterton

A good joke is the closest thing we have to divine revelation.      

G.K. Chesterton

Religious liberty might be supposed to mean that everybody is free to discuss religion. In practice it means that hardly anybody is allowed to mention it.     

G.K. Chesterton

The poor man really has a stake in the country. The rich man hasn't; he can go away to New Guinea in a yacht.     

G.K. Chesterton

Private lives are more important than public reputations.     

G.K. Chesterton

The man who throws a bomb is an artist, because he prefers a great moment to everything.     

G.K. Chesterton

It is now certain that the public does know. It is not so certain that the public does care.     

G.K. Chesterton

All the exaggerations are right, if they exaggerate the right thing.     

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 and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.      

G.K. Chesterton

Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.     

G.K. Chesterton

Progress is the mother of problems.     

G.K. Chesterton

I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles.     

G.K. Chesterton

Against a dark sky all flowers look like fireworks. There is something strange about them, at once vivid and secret, like flowers traced in fire in the phantasmal garden of a witch.     

G.K. Chesterton

People cannot leave a creed alone; though it is the essence of a creed to be clear. But neither can they leave a legend alone; though it is the essence of a legend to be vague.     

G.K. Chesterton

Every book which admits that evil is real is felt in some vague way to be admitting that good is unreal.     

G.K. Chesterton

Mysticism is generally felt vaguely to be itself vague— a thing of clouds and curtains, of darkness and concealing vapors, of bewildering conspiracies, or impenetrable symbols.     

G.K. Chesterton

Mysticism is generally felt vaguely to be itself vague— a thing of clouds and curtains, of darkness and concealing vapors, of bewildering conspiracies, or impenetrable symbols.     

G.K. Chesterton

Hardy went down to botanize in the swamp, while Meredith climbed towards the sun. Meredith became, at his best, a sort of daintily dressed Walt Whitman: Hardy became a sort of village atheist brooding and blaspheming over the village idiot.     

G.K. Chesterton

I know of men who believe in themselves more colossally than Napoleon or Caesar. I know where flames the fixed star of certainty and success. I can guide you to the thrones of the Super-men. The men who really believe in themselves are all in lunatic asylums.     

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

For us who live in cities Nature is not natural. Nature is supernatural. Just as monks watched and strove to get a glimpse of heaven, so we watch and strive to get a glimpse of earth. It is as if men had cake and wine every day but were sometimes allowed common bread.     

G.K. Chesterton