Gilbert K. Chesterton Sayings and Quotes

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The madman is not the man who has lost his reason. The madman is the man who has lost everything except his reason.     

Gilbert 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.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

People that insist upon drinking and driving, are putting the quart before the hearse.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

A modern man may disapprove of some of his sweeping reforms, and approve others; but finds it difficult not to admire even where he does not approve.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Cleanliness is not next to godliness nowadays, for cleanliness is made an essential and godliness is regarded as an offence.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Every high civilization decays by forgetting obvious things.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

The repetition in Nature may not be a mere recurrence; it may be a theatrical encore.     

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

People that insist upon drinking and driving, are putting the quart before the hearse.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

The criminal is the creative artist; the detective only the critic.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

To downgrade the human mind is bad theology.     

Gilbert 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.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

Gilbert K. Chesterton

A man must be prepared not only to be a martyr, but to be a fool. It is absurd to say that a man is ready to toil and die for his convictions if he is not even ready to wear a wreathe around his head for them.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

The martyr endured tortures to affirm his belief in truth but he never asserted his disbelief in torture.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

The Universe is the most extraordinary masterpiece ever constructed by nobody.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

The ordinary scientific man is strictly a sentimentalist. He is a sentimentalist in this essential sense, that he is soaked and swept away by mere associations.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

A great curse has fallen upon modern life with the discovery of the vastness of the word Education.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Half a truth is better than no politics.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Theology is only thought applied to religion.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Theology is simply that part of religion that requires brains.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Acceptance is the truest kinship with humanity.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

The original quality in any man of imagination is imagery.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

What is called matriarchy is simply moral anarchy, in which the mother alone remains fixed because all the fathers are fugitive and irresponsible.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Man does not live by soap alone; and hygiene, or even health, is not much good unless you can take a healthy view of it or, better still, feel a healthy indifference to it.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton