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The traveler sees what he sees,
by Gilbert K. Chesterton

The traveler sees what he sees,
the tourist sees what he has come to see.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Related topics: Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology Travel World Observation Attention

There is a road from the eye to heart
that does not go through the intellect.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme
experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

 

I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Art consists of limitation.
The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

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No man who worships education has got the best out of education...
Without a gentle contempt for education no man's education is complete.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.
- Gilbert 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.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes
from one generation to another.
- 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

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

If I had only one sermon to preach it would be a sermon against pride.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Men feel that cruelty to the poor is a kind of cruelty to animals.
They never feel that it is an injustice to equals;
nay it is treachery to comrades.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

It is as healthy to enjoy sentiment as to enjoy jam.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

A yawn is a silent shout.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

When we really worship anything, we love not only its
clearness but its obscurity.
We exult in its very invisibility.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

There is nothing the matter with Americans except their ideals.
The real American is all right; it is the ideal American who is all wrong.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The simplification of anything is always sensational.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Fable is more historical than fact, because fact tells
us about one man and fable tells us about a million men.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

I've searched all the parks in all the cities and found
no statues of committees.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The honest poor can sometimes forget poverty.
The honest rich can never forget it.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Ritual will always mean throwing away something:
destroying our corn or wine upon the altar of our gods.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

With any recovery from morbidity there must go a certain healthy humiliation.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

And they that rule in England, in stately conclaves met,
alas, alas for England they have no graves as yet.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Women prefer to talk in twos, while men prefer to talk in threes.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

When it comes to life the critical thing is whether
you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The cosmos is about the smallest hole that a man can hide his head in.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Chastity does not mean abstention from sexual wrong;
it means something flaming,
like Joan of Arc.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

People who make history know nothing about history.
You can see that in the sort of history they make.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

'My country, right or wrong' is a thing no patriot
would ever think of saying except in a desperate case.
It is like saying 'My mother, drunk or sober.'
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

A businessman is the only man who is forever apologizing for his occupation.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Large organization is loose organization.
Nay, it would be almost as true to say that organization
is always disorganization.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Artistic temperament is the disease that afflicts amateurs.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Science in the modern world has many uses;
its chief use,
however, is to provide long words to cover the errors of the rich.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

We are justified in enforcing good morals,
for they belong to all mankind; but we are not justified
in enforcing good manners,
for good manners always mean our own manners.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

We call a man a bigot or a slave of dogma because he
is a thinker who has thought thoroughly and to a definite end.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

It isn't that they can't see the solution.
It is that they can't see the problem.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego;
the self is more distant than any star.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

One sees great things from the valley;
only small things from the peak.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Some men never feel small, but these are the few men who are.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The purpose of Compulsory Education is to deprive the
common people of their commonsense.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The only defensible war is a war of defense.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The whole order of things is as outrageous as any miracle
which could presume to violate it.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy.
You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

A room without books is like a body without a soul.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject;
the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice,
and then going away and doing the exact opposite.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Love means to love that which is unlovable;
or it is no virtue at all.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

Never invoke the gods unless you really want them to appear.
It annoys them very much.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

All architecture is great architecture after sunset;
perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art,
like the art of fireworks.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly;
the rich have always objected to being governed at all.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

When we were children we were grateful to those who
filled our stockings at Christmas time.
Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

If I can put one touch of rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman,
I shall feel that I have worked with God.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Once I planned to write a book of poems entirely about the things in my pocket.
But I found it would be too long; and the age of the great epics is past.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

What affects men sharply about a foreign nation is
not so much finding or not finding familiar things;
it is rather not finding them in the familiar place.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

To be clever enough to get all that money,
one must be stupid enough to want it.
- 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

The greenhorn is the ultimate victor in everything;
it is he that gets the most out of life.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

The only way of catching a train I have ever discovered
is to miss the train before.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The aim of life is appreciation; there is no sense
in not appreciating things;
and there is no sense in having more of them if you
have less appreciation of them.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Democracy means government by the uneducated,
while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton


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