Gilbert Chesterton

1874 - 1936

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 losing and reason

The madman is not the man who has lost his reason. The madman is the man who has lost everything except his reason.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

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A Quote by Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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

Gilbert Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

Source: 1930, in New York Times

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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.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

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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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A Quote by Gilbert Keith Chesterton on poets and silence

Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

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A Quote by Gilbert Keith Chesterton on power and words

The grinding power of the plain words of the Gospel story is like the power of mill-stones, and those who can read them simply enough will feel as if rocks had been rolled upon them.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

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A Quote by Gilbert Keith Chesterton on pride and sermons

If I had only one sermon to preach it would be a sermon against pride.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

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