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Chesterton, Gilbert K.
Born: 1874-05-29
Died: 1936-06-14

English author, critic, journalist, & mystery novelist

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People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Misers get up early in the morning; and burglars, I am informed, get up the night before.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Many clever men like you have trusted to civilisation. Many clever Babylonians, many clever Egyptians, many clever men at the end of Rome. Can you tell me, in a world that is flagrant with the failures of civilisation, what there is particularly immortal about yours?
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

When learned men begin to use their reason, then I generally discover that they haven't got any.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

When a politician is in opposition he is an expert on the means to some end; and when he is in office he is an expert on the obstacles to it.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

It is terrible to contemplete how few politicians are hanged.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

All government is an ugly necessity.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

If there were no God, there would be no atheists.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

 


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