Gilbert Keith Chesterton Quotes

The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.

Soldiers have many faults, but they have one redeeming merit; they are never worshipers of force. Soldiers more than any other men are taught severely and systematically that might is not right. The fact is obvious. The might is in the hundred men who obey. The right (or what is held to be right) is […]

The decay of society is praised by artists as the decay of a corpse is praised by worms.

All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.

We ought to see far enough into a hypocrite to see even his sincerity.

Modern masters of science are much impressed with the need of beginning all inquiry with a fact. The ancient masters of religion were quite equally impressed with that necessity. They began with the fact of sin – a fact as practical as potatoes. Whether or not man could be washed in miraculous waters, there was […]

The London Times once asked a number prominent people to write essays on the topic, What’s Wrong with the World. Gilbert K. Chesterton’s reply is the shortest and most to the point in history: Dear Sirs: I am. Sincerely,

If a perpetual talk about one’s own robustness leads to being less robust, it is even more true that a perpetual talking about one’s own simplicity leads to being less simple… they would make us simple in the unimportant things, but complex in the important things. They would make us simple in the things that […]

The only simplicity that matters is the simplicity of the heart. If that be gone, it can be brought back by no turnips or cellular clothing; but only by tears and terror and the fires that are not quenched. If that remain, it matters very little if a few Early Victorian armchairs remain along with […]

A yawn is a silent shout.