Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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Nationality: British


Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evi.. Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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A naked moon stood in a naked sky.

We have never even begun to understand a people until we have found something that we do not understand. So long as we find the character easy to read, we are reading into it our own character.

Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.

I know he is really happy, and yet I can never catch him at it.

Family is the theatre of the spiritual drama, the place where things happen, especially the things that matter.

It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.

Bigotry is an incapacity to conceive seriously the alternative to a proposition.

Every man, however wise, who begins by worshipping success, must end in mere mediocrity. This strange and paradoxical fate is involved, not in the individual, but in the philosophy, in the point of view. It is not the folly of the man which brings about this necessary fall; it is his wisdom.

But if you convey to a woman that something ought to be done, there is always a dreadful danger that she will suddenly do it.

Before we congratulate ourselves upon the absence of certain faults from our nation or society, we ought to ask ourselves why it is that these faults are absent. Are we without the fault because we have the opposite virtue? Or are we without the fault because we have the opposite fault?

Lucifer sang through the skies like a silver arrow; the bleak white steel of it, gleaming in the bleak blue emptiness of the evening.

Blasphemy is an artistic effect, because blasphemy depends upon a philosophical conviction. Blasphemy depends upon belief and is fading with it. If any one doubts this, let him sit down seriously and try to think blasphemous thoughts about Thor. I think his family will find him at the end of the day in a state of some exhaustion.

It might be said that the Thomist begins with something solid like the taste of an apple, and afterwards deduces a divine life for the intellect; while the Mystic exhausts the intellect first, and says finally that the sense of God is something like the taste of an apple.

The most sacred thing is to be able to shut your own door.