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Quotes By Gilbert K. Chesterton

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29-05-1874
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14-06-1936

G.K Chesterton was one of the most-loved English authors, who dabbled in a variety of genres including fantasy, Catholic apologetics and mystery. He was quite a fascinating person and the following facts will tell you exactly why:

  • Chesterton was deeply interested in theatrics, with his initial obsession beginning with puppet shows that he attended when he was a child. This writer used to stage shows at his residence, where invitees used to gather in the garb of famous eighteenth century personalities. During such events, the prolific author himself loved to imitate Samuel Johnson. In fact, critics have even compared these two great figures based on their literary style as well as their appearance.
  • It might be surprising to know that though Chesterton gained fame for his penmanship, he did not receive any formal training in literature. This author was taught art, and he excelled in the field to such an extent that his sketches were published in the book, ‘Biography for Beginners’, written by Edmund Clerihew Bentley.
  • Gilbert, as a child proved to be a slow learner, so much so that his parents took his incapability to grasp various aspects of knowledge as a major concern. They took him to a psychiatrist, who assured his parents that Chesterton’s IQ was actually quite higher than normal.
  • Chesterton’s wife, Frances regularly edited her husband’s work, but never made a name for herself in the literary field. ‘How Far Is It to Bethlehem?’, the only poem penned by her that became popular, is now sung as a carol.

The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried.

- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Happy is he who still loves something he loved in the nursery: He has not been broken in two by time; he is not two men, but one, and he has saved not only his soul but his life.

- Gilbert K. Chesterton

I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on man unless they act.

- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The object of a New Year is not that we should have a New Year. It is that we should have a new soul.

- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.

- Gilbert K. Chesterton

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.

- Gilbert K. Chesterton

A businessman is the only man who is forever apologizing for his occupation.

- Gilbert K. Chesterton

A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.

- Gilbert K. Chesterton

A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying.

- Gilbert K. Chesterton

A man who says that no patriot should attack the war until it is over... is saying no good son should warn his mother of a cliff until she has fallen.

- Gilbert K. Chesterton

A new philosophy generally means in practice the praise of some old vice.

- Gilbert K. Chesterton

A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things.

- Gilbert K. Chesterton

A room without books is like a body without a soul.

- Gilbert K. Chesterton

A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching.

- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.

- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Chastity does not mean abstention from sexual wrong; it means something flaming, like Joan of Arc.

- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Man does not live by soap alone; and hygiene, or even health, is not much good unless you can take a healthy view of it or, better still, feel a healthy indifference to it.

- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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