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57 Famous Quotes by G. K. Chesterton
5/29/1874 - 6/14/1936
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Gilbert Keith Chesterton     G.K. Chesterton
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Children are innocent and love justice, while most adults are wicked and prefer mercy.

Adulthood Quotes, by G. K. Chesterton

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A stiff apology is a second insult... The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt.

Insults Quotes, by G. K. Chesterton

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

Journalism Quotes, by G. K. Chesterton

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You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution.

Revolution Quotes, by G. K. Chesterton

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It isn't that they can't see the solution. It's that they can't see the problem.

Solution Quotes, by G. K. Chesterton

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Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.

Tolerance Quotes, by G. K. Chesterton

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Traditions are the guideposts driven deep in our subconscious minds. The most powerful ones are those we can't even describe, aren't even aware of.

Traditions Quotes, by G. K. Chesterton

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I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles.

Golf Quotes, by G. K. Chesterton

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Diplomacy is the art of saying "Nice doggie" until you can find a rock.

Politics / government Quotes, by G. K. Chesterton

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If Christianity should happen to be true -- that is to say, if its God is the real God of the universe -- then defending it may mean talking about anything and everything. Things can be irrelevant to the proposition that Christianity is false, but nothing can be irrelevant to the proposition that Christianity is true. [All] things not only may have something to do with the Christian God, but must have something to do with Him if He lives and reigns.

Christianity Quotes, by G. K. Chesterton

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The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.

Christianity Quotes, by G. K. Chesterton

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When Michelangelo finished the painting of the Sistine Chapel's ceiling, he spent the rest of his life trying to remove the paint that had poured into his sleeve.

Art and artists Quotes, by G. K. Chesterton

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If you are afraid of loneliness, don't marry.

Men and women Quotes, by G. K. Chesterton

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

Religion / beliefs Quotes, by G. K. Chesterton

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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. - "On the Cryptic and the Elliptic", 1908.

Miscellaneous Quotes, by G. K. Chesterton

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Cruelty is, perhaps, the worst kid of sin. Intellectual cruelty is certainly the worst kind of cruelty.

Cruelty Quotes, by G. K. Chesterton

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We are all in the same boat in a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty.

Loyalty Quotes, by G. K. Chesterton

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Tradition may be defined as an extension of the franchise. Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead.

Tradition Quotes, by G. K. Chesterton

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

Aristocracy Quotes, by G. K. Chesterton

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Compromise is never anything but an ignoble truce between the duty of a man and the terror of a coward.

Compromise Quotes, by G. K. Chesterton

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People in general are cruel to one another. The only way to have fun to them is to make fun of someone. I hate that. Why can't someone be different.why can't someone be themselves without being made fun of? I hate society because of how they judge pe

Cruelty Quotes, by G. K. Chesterton

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

Eyes Quotes, by G. K. Chesterton

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People generally quarrel because they can't argue.

Quarrels Quotes, by G. K. Chesterton

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All conservatism is based upon the idea that if you leave things alone you leave them as they are. But you do not. If you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change.

Conservatism Quotes, by G. K. Chesterton

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

Patriotism Quotes, by G. K. Chesterton

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