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Quotations From GILBERT KEITH CHESTERTON


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  • 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).

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  • You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution.
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. Tremendous Trifles, "The Wind and The Trees," (1909).
  • The most dangerous criminal now is the entirely lawless modern philosopher. Compared to him, burglars and bigamists are essentially moral men.
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. A policeman, in The Man Who Was Thursday, ch. 4 (1908).
  • Brave men are all vertebrates; they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle.
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "The Prehistoric Railway Station," Tremendous Trifles (1909).
  • A stiff apology is a second insult.... The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt.
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "The Real Dr. Johnson," The Common Man (1950).

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  • Once I planned to write a book of poems entirely about the things in my pocket. But I found it would be too long; and the age of the great epics is past.
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "A Piece of Chalk," Tremendous Trifles (1909).
  • 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).
  • 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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