Gilbert Keith Chesterton

(29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936 / London, England)

Gilbert Keith Chesterton Quotes

  • ''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 Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "On St. George Revivified," All I Survey (1933).
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  • ''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 Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "On Flags," Generally Speaking (1928).
  • ''I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.''
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "On Holland," Generally Speaking (1928).
  • ''The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world. In this long vigil he often has to vary his methods of stimulation; but in this long vigil he is also himself striving against a continual tendency to sleep.''
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "On Maltreating Words," Generally Speaking (1928).
  • ''The Museum is not meant either for the wanderer to see by accident or for the pilgrim to see with awe. It is meant for the mere slave of a routine of self-education to stuff himself with every sort of incongruous intellectual food in one indigestible meal.''
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "On Sightseeing," All Is Grist (1931).
  • ''The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground.''
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "Oxford from Without," All Things Considered (1908).
  • ''Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.''
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. Policeman, in The Man Who Was Thursday, ch. 4 (1908).
  • ''The cosmos is about the smallest hole that a man can hide his head in.''
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. Orthodoxy, ch. 1 (1909).
  • ''Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.''
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. Orthodoxy, ch. 6 (1909).
  • ''Journalism is popular, but it is popular mainly as fiction. Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers another.''
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "On the Cryptic and the Elliptic," All Things Considered (1908).

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Best Poem of Gilbert Keith Chesterton

A Prayer In Darkness

This much, O heaven—if I should brood or rave,
Pity me not; but let the world be fed,
Yea, in my madness if I strike me dead,
Heed you the grass that grows upon my grave.

If I dare snarl between this sun and sod,
Whimper and clamour, give me grace to own,
In sun and rain and fruit in season shown,
The shining silence of the scorn of God.

Thank God the stars are set beyond my power,
If I must travail in a night of wrath,
Thank God my tears will never vex a moth,
Nor any curse of mine cut down a flower.
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The Englishman

St George he was for England,
And before he killed the dragon
He drank a pint of English ale
Out of an English flagon.
For though he fast right readily
In hair-shirt or in mail,
It isn't safe to give him cakes
Unless you give him ale.

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