Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

English writer

Lived from: 1874-1936

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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    A businessman is the only man who is forever apologizing for his occupation.
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    A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
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    A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things.
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    And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.
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    Coincidences are spiritual puns.

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    Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.
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    Cruelty is, perhaps, the worst kid of sin. Intellectual cruelty is certainly the worst kind of cruelty.
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    Education is the period during which you are being instructed by somebody you do not know, about something you do not want to know.
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    Experience which was once claimed by the aged is now claimed exclusively by the young.
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    Happiness is a mystery, like religion, and should never be rationalised.


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    I am more than a devil; I am a man. I can do the one thing which Satan himself cannot do— I can die.
    Source: The Man Who Was Thursday
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    It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see the problem.
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    Journalism is popular, but it is popular mainly as fiction. Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers is another.
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    Let a man walk ten miles steadily on a hot summer's day along a dusty English road, and he will soon discover why beer was invented.
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    Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.
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