Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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

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  • ''Art consists of limitation.... The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.''
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "The Toy Theatre," Tremendous Trifles (1909).
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  • ''Chastity does not mean abstention from sexual wrong; it means something flaming, like Joan of Arc.''
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "A Piece of Chalk," Tremendous Trifles (1909).
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  • ''White ... is not a mere absence of colour; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black.... God paints in many colours; but He never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white.''
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "A Piece of Chalk," Tremendous Trifles (1909).
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  • ''The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land.''
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. Tremendous Trifles, "The Riddle of the Ivy," (1909).
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  • ''An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.''
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. All Things Considered, "On Running After One's Hat," (1908).
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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 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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