Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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

Gilbert Keith Chesterton Quotes

  • ''If our caricaturists do not hate their enemies, it is not because they are too big to hate them, but because their enemies are not big enough to hate.''
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "Conceit and Caricature," All Things Considered (1908).
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  • ''Cruelty is, perhaps, the worst kid of sin. Intellectual cruelty is certainly the worst kind of cruelty.''
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "Conceit and Caricature," All Things Considered (1908).
  • ''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 Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "Dramatic Unities," Fancies Versus Fads (1923).
  • ''All good men are international. Nearly all bad men are cosmopolitan. If we are to be international we must be national.''
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "French and English," All Things Considered (1908).
  • ''It is as healthy to enjoy sentiment as to enjoy jam.''
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. Generally Speaking, "On Sentiment," (1928).
  • ''The man who throws a bomb is an artist, because he prefers a great moment to everything.''
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. Gregory, in The Man Who Was Thursday, ch. 1 (1908).
  • ''There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person.''
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. Heretics, ch. 3 (1905).
  • ''Happiness is a mystery, like religion, and should never be rationalised.''
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. Heretics, ch. 7 (1905).
  • ''If you do not understand a man you cannot crush him. And if you do understand him, very probably you will not.''
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "Humanitarianism and Strength," Intimate Journals (1908).
  • ''Youth is the period in which a man can be hopeless. The end of every episode is the end of the world. But the power of hoping through everything, the knowledge that the soul survives its adventures, that great inspiration comes to the middle-aged.''
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "The Boyhood of Dickens," Charles Dickens (1906).

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Best Poem of Gilbert Keith Chesterton

The Rolling English Road

Before the Roman came to Rye or out to Severn strode,
The rolling English drunkard made the rolling English road.
A reeling road, a rolling road, that rambles round the shire,
And after him the parson ran, the sexton and the squire;
A merry road, a mazy road, and such as we did tread
The night we went to Birmingham by way of Beachy Head.

I knew no harm of Bonaparte and plenty of the Squire,
And for to fight the Frenchman I did not much desire;
But I did bash their baggonets because they came arrayed
To straighten out the crooked road an English drunkard ...

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The New Freethinker

John Grubby who was short and stout
And troubled with religious doubt,
Refused about the age of three
To sit upon the curate's knee;
(For so the eternal strife must rage
Between the spirit of the age
And Dogma, which, as is well known,
Does simply hate to be outgrown).
Grubby, the young idea that shoots,

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