Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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

Gilbert Keith Chesterton Quotes

  • ''A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things.''
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. New York Times (Nov. 21, 1930).
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  • ''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 Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. New York Times (Feb. 1, 1931).
  • ''Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.''
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. New York Times (Feb. 1, 1931).
  • ''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 Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "Limericks and Counsels of Perfection," All Things Considered (1908).
  • ''Nothing is poetical if plain daylight is not poetical; and no monster should amaze us if the normal man does not amaze.''
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "On Experience," All Is Grist (1931).
  • ''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 Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. What's Wrong with the World, ch. 3 (1910).
  • ''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 Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "Celts and Celtophiles," Heretics (1905).
  • ''The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.''
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. What's Wrong With the World, pt. 1, ch. 5 (1910).
  • ''The honest poor can sometimes forget poverty. The honest rich can never forget it.''
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "Cockneys and Their Jokes," All Things Considered (1908).
  • ''If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.''
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. What's Wrong With the World, pt. 4, ch. 14 (1910).

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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 New Omar

A Book of verses underneath the bough,
Provided that the verses do not scan,
A loaf of bread, a jug of wine and Thou,
Short-haired, all angles, looking like a man.

But let the wine be unfermented, Pale,
Of chemicals compounded, God knows how--
This were indeed the Prophet's Paradise,
O Paradise were Wilderness enow.

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