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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christianity has not been tried and found wanting;
it has been found difficult and not tried.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

There is a great deal of difference between an eager
man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

Journalism largely consists of saying "Lord Jones is
Dead" to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

A man who says that no patriot should attack the war until it is over...
is saying no good son should warn his mother of a cliff until she has fallen.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Coincidences are spiritual puns.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Compromise used to mean that half a loaf was better than no bread.
Among modern statesmen it really seems to mean that half a loaf;
is better than a whole loaf.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

What people call impartiality may simply mean indifference,
and what people call partiality may simply mean mental activity.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Those thinkers who cannot believe in any gods often
assert that the love of humanity would be in itself sufficient for them;
and so,
perhaps, it would, if they had it.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

New roads; new ruts.
- 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

Journalism is popular, but it is popular mainly as fiction.
Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers is another.
- 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 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

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

All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

Man seems to be capable of great virtues but not of small virtues;
capable of defying his torturer but not of keeping his temper.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land;
it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

If you do not understand a man you cannot crush him.
And if you do understand him, very probably you will not.
- 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

There is but an inch of difference between a cushioned
chamber and a padded cell.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought,
and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down.
Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

Cruelty is, perhaps, the worst kid of sin.
Intellectual cruelty is certainly the worst kind of cruelty.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

Happiness is a mystery, like religion,
and should never be rationalised.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In matters of truth the fact that you don't want to publish something is,
nine times out of ten, a proof that you ought to publish it.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

True contentment is a thing as active as agriculture.
It is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it.
It is arduous and it is rare.
- 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

A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton


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