Gilbert Keith Chesterton Quotes

The vulgar man is always the most distinguished, for the very desire to be distinguished is vulgar.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "The Boy," All Things Considered (1908).
If prosperity is regarded as the reward of virtue it will be regarded as the symptom of virtue.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "The Book of Job," G.K.C. as M.C. (1929).
A cosmic philosophy is not constructed to fit a man; a cosmic philosophy is constructed to fit a cosmos. A man can no more possess a private religion than he can possess a private sun and moon.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "The Book of Job," G.K.C. as M.C. (1929).
Half a truth is better than no politics.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "The Boy," All Things Considered (1908).
The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. Ratcliffe, in The Man Who Was Thursday, ch. 11 (1908).
It is not funny that anything else should fall down; only that a man should fall down.... Why do we laugh? Because it is a gravely religious matter: it is the Fall of Man. Only man can be absurd: for only man can be dignified.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "Spiritualism," All Things Considered (1908).
A radical generally meant a man who thought he could somehow pull up the root without affecting the flower. A conservative generally meant a man who wanted to conserve everything except his own reason for conserving anything.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. Quoted in Illustrated London News (July 3, 1920).
Buddhism is not a creed, it is a doubt.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. Professor de Worms, in The Man Who Was Thursday, ch. 14 (1908).
The mere brute pleasure of reading—the sort of pleasure a cow must have in grazing.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. Quoted in Dudley Barker, G.K. Chesterton (1973).
Facts as facts do not always create a spirit of reality, because reality is a spirit.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "On the Classics," Come to Think of It (1930).