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

A Ballade Of Suicide

The gallows in my garden, people say,
Is new and neat and adequately tall;
I tie the noose on in a knowing way
As one that knots his necktie for a ball;
But just as all the neighbours--on the wall--
Are drawing a long breath to shout "Hurray!"
The strangest whim has seized me. . . . After all
I think I will not hang myself to-day.

To-morrow is the time I get my pay--
My uncle's sword is hanging in the hall--
I see a little cloud all pink and grey--
Perhaps the rector's mother will not call-- I fancy that I heard from Mr. Gall
That mushrooms could be ...

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The Great Minimum

It is something to have wept as we have wept,
It is something to have done as we have done,
It is something to have watched when all men slept,
And seen the stars which never see the sun.

It is something to have smelt the mystic rose,
Although it break and leave the thorny rods,
It is something to have hungered once as those
Must hunger who have ate the bread of gods.

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