Gilbert Chesterton

1874 - 1936

A Quote by Gilbert Keith Chesterton on belief, birds, conversation, dreams, eternity, freedom, god, liberals, men, mountains, necessity, respect, theology, thought, and truth

We say, not lightly but very literally, that the truth has made us free. They say that it makes us so free that it cannot be the truth. To them it is like believing in fairyland to believe in such freedom as we enjoy. It is like believing in men with wings to entertain the fancy of men with wills. It is like accepting a fable about a squirrel in conversation with a mountain to believe in a man who is free to ask or a God who is free to answer. This is a manly and a rational negation, for which I for one shall always show respect. But I decline to show any respect for those who first of all clip the bird and cage the squirrel, rivet the chains and refuse the freedom, close all the doors of the cosmic prison on us with a clang of eternal iron, tell us that our emancipation is a dream and our dungeon a necessity; and then calmly turn round and tell us they have a freer thought and a more liberal theology.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

Source: The Everlasting Man

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A Quote by Gilbert Keith Chesterton on earth, heart, and journeys

If seeds in the black earth can turn into such beautiful roses, what might not the heart of man become in its long journey toward the stars?

Gilbert Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

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A Quote by Gilbert Keith Chesterton on children, facts, fear, ideas, reason, timidity, world, and worship

The timidity of the child or the savage is entirely reasonable; they are alarmed at this world, because this world is a very alarming place. They dislike being alone because it is verily and indeed an awful idea to be alone. Barbarians fear the unknown for the same reason that Agnostics worship it - because it is a fact.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

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A Quote by Gilbert Keith Chesterton on respect and wishes

Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

Source: The Man Who Was Thursday, 1908

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A Quote by Gilbert Keith Chesterton on books, world, and writers

You could compile the worst book in the world entirely out of selected passages from the best writers in the world.

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A Quote by Gilbert Keith Chesterton on garden

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What a glorious garden of wonders the lights of Broadway would be to anyone lucky enough to be unable to read.

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A Quote by Gilbert Keith Chesterton on chess, creativity, danger, imagination, lies, logic, and poets

Poets do not go mad; but chess-players do. Mathematicians go mad, and cashiers; but creative artists very seldom. I am not, as will be seen, in any sense attacking logic: I only say that this danger does lie in logic, not in imagination.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

Source: Orthodoxy ch. 2.

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A Quote by Gilbert Keith Chesterton on books, charm, facts, mystery, nature, satisfaction, and words

The only words that ever satisfied me as describing Nature are the terms used in fairy books, "charm", "spell", "enchantment". They express the arbitrariness of the fact and its mystery.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

Source: Orthodoxy

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A Quote by Gilbert Keith Chesterton on mind

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Merely having an open mind is nothing. The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.

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A Quote by Gilbert Keith Chesterton on mind

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The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

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