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G. K. Chesterton quotes


Gilbert Keith Chesterton, (29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936) was an English writer who published works on philosophy, ontology, poetry, plays, journalism, public lectures and debates, literary and art criticism, biography, Christian apologetics, and fiction, including fantasy and detective fiction.

Quotes

”A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.”

“A strange fanaticism fills our time: the fanatical hatred of morality, especially of Christian morality.”

“Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.”

“Progress should mean that we are always changing the world to fit the vision, instead we are always changing the vision.”

“None of the modern machines, none of the modern paraphernalia. . . have any power except over the people who choose to use them.”

“Love means loving the unlovable – or it is no virtue at all.”

“The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.”

“If there were no God, there would be no atheists.”

“The truth is, of course, that the curtness of the Ten Commandments is an evidence, not of the gloom and narrowness of a religion, but, on the contrary, of its liberality and humanity. It is shorter to state the things forbidden than the things permitted: precisely because most things are permitted, and only a few things are forbidden.”

“These are the days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed except his own.”

“Most modern freedom is at root fear. It is not so much that we are too bold to endure rules; it is rather that we are too timid to endure responsibilities.”

“Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.”

“There are in this world of ours only two kinds of speakers. The first is the man who is making a good speech and won’t finish. The second is the man who is making a bad speech and can’t finish. The latter is the longer.”

“It is ludicrous to suppose that the more skeptical we are the more we see good in everything. It is clear that the more we are certain what good is, the more we shall see good in everything.”