G.k. Chesterton Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old G.k. Chesterton quotes, G.k. Chesterton sayings, and G.k. Chesterton proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.'

What we all dread most is a maze with no centre. G.K. Chesterton
To love anything is to realize that it might be lost. G.K. Chesterton
Every murderer is probably somebody’s old friend. G.K. Chesterton
Religious liberty might be supposed to mean that everybody is free to discuss religion. In practice it means that hardly anybody is allowed to mention it. G.K. Chesterton
The poor man really has a stake in the country. The rich man hasn't; he can go away to New Guinea in a yacht. G.K. Chesterton
Private lives are more important than public reputations. G.K. Chesterton
The man who throws a bomb is an artist, because he prefers a great moment to everything. G.K. Chesterton
It is now certain that the public does know. It is not so certain that the public does care. G.K. Chesterton
All the exaggerations are right, if they exaggerate the right thing. G.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 and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective. G.K. Chesterton
Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it. G.K. Chesterton
Progress is the mother of problems. G.K. Chesterton
I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles. G.K. Chesterton
Against a dark sky all flowers look like fireworks. There is something strange about them, at once vivid and secret, like flowers traced in fire in the phantasmal garden of a witch. G.K. Chesterton
People cannot leave a creed alone; though it is the essence of a creed to be clear. But neither can they leave a legend alone; though it is the essence of a legend to be vague. G.K. Chesterton
Every book which admits that evil is real is felt in some vague way to be admitting that good is unreal. G.K. Chesterton
Mysticism is generally felt vaguely to be itself vague— a thing of clouds and curtains, of darkness and concealing vapors, of bewildering conspiracies, or impenetrable symbols. G.K. Chesterton
Mysticism is generally felt vaguely to be itself vague— a thing of clouds and curtains, of darkness and concealing vapors, of bewildering conspiracies, or impenetrable symbols. G.K. Chesterton
Hardy went down to botanize in the swamp, while Meredith climbed towards the sun. Meredith became, at his best, a sort of daintily dressed Walt Whitman: Hardy became a sort of village atheist brooding and blaspheming over the village idiot. G.K. Chesterton
I know of men who believe in themselves more colossally than Napoleon or Caesar. I know where flames the fixed star of certainty and success. I can guide you to the thrones of the Super-men. The men who really believe in themselves are all in lunatic asylums. G.K. Chesterton
The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him. G.K. Chesterton
For us who live in cities Nature is not natural. Nature is supernatural. Just as monks watched and strove to get a glimpse of heaven, so we watch and strive to get a glimpse of earth. It is as if men had cake and wine every day but were sometimes allowed common bread. G.K. Chesterton
What was wonderful about childhood is that anything in it was a wonder. It was not merely a world full of miracles, it was a miraculous world. G.K. Chesterton
The honest liar is the man who tells the truth about his old lies -- who says on Wednesday, " I told a magnificent lie on Monday." G.K. Chesterton
We do not want a church that will move with the world. We want a church that will move the world. G.K. Chesterton
The coziness between church and state is good for the state and bad for the church. G.K. Chesterton
The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people. G.K. Chesterton
The only way of catching a train I have ever discovered is to miss the train before. G.K. Chesterton
The prime truth of woman, the universal mother . . . that if a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly. G.K. Chesterton
From all that terror teaches, / From lies of tongue and pen, / From all the easy speeches / That comfort cruel men, / From sale and profanation / Of honour and the sword, / From sleep and from damnation, / Deliver us, good Lord. G.K. Chesterton