Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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

Gilbert Keith Chesterton Quotes

  • ''The full value of this life can only be got by fighting; the violent take it by storm. And if we have accepted everything we have missed something—war. This life of ours is a very enjoyable fight, but a very miserable truce.''
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "The Optimism of Dickens," Charles Dickens (1906).
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  • ''In matters of truth the fact that you don't want to publish something is, nine times out of ten, a proof that you ought to publish it.''
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "The Nameless Man," A Miscellany of Men (1912).
  • ''All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.''
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "The Giant," Tremendous Trifles (1909).
  • ''Variability is one of the virtues of a woman. It avoids the crude requirement of polygamy. So long as you have one good wife you are sure to have a spiritual harem.''
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "The Glory of Grey," Alarms and Discursions (1910).
  • ''Your next-door neighbour ... is not a man; he is an environment. He is the barking of a dog; he is the noise of a pianola; he is a dispute about a party wall; he is drains that are worse than yours, or roses that are better than yours.''
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "The Irishman," The Uses of Diversity (1920).
  • ''One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self is more distant than any star.''
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "The Logic of Elfland," Orthodoxy (1908).
  • ''There are many definite methods, honest and dishonest, which make people rich; the only "instinct" I know of which does it is that instinct which theological Christianity crudely describes as "the sin of avarice."''
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "The Fallacy of Success," All Things Considered (1908).
  • ''When we really worship anything, we love not only its clearness but its obscurity. We exult in its very invisibility.''
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "The Fallacy of Success," All Things Considered (1908).
  • ''Man seems to be capable of great virtues but not of small virtues; capable of defying his torturer but not of keeping his temper.''
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. Autobiography, ch. 11 (1936).
  • ''The aim of life is appreciation; there is no sense in not appreciating things; and there is no sense in having more of them if you have less appreciation of them.''
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. Autobiography, ch. 11 (1936).

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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 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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