It is not seeing straight to see him as an animal. It is not sane. It sins against the light.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Profession: Author
Nationality: British

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We are rarely in danger of examining to excess, especially when the subject is the shape of our own lives.

Obciously, it ought to be the oldest things that are taught to the youngest people; the assured and experienced truths that are put first to the baby. But in a school today the baby has to submit to a system that is younger than himself.

Can it be the old devil's house? I've heard he has a house in North London.

In all legends men have thought of women as sublime separately but horrible in a herd.

The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt.

He is ready to ruin even that primary ethic by which all things live, for his strange and eternal vengeance upon some one who never lived at all.

The more a man looks at a thing, the less he can see it, and the more a man learns a thing, the less he knows it.

In one sense at any rate it is more valuable to read bad literature than good literature. Good literature may tell us the mind of one man but bad literature may tell us the mind of many men.

Heaven help me! I used to be fairly good at thinking. I could paraphrase any page in Aquinas once.

No sceptical philosopher can ask any questions that may not equally be asked by a tired child on a hot afternoon.

Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers.

If you consulted your business experiences instead of your ugly individualistic philosophy, you would know that believing in himself is one of the commonest signs of a rotter.

The present condition of fame is merely fashion.

The key fact in the new development of plutocracy is that it will use its own blunder as an excuse for further crimes... It is as if a highwayman not only took away a gentleman's horse and all his money, but then handed him over to the police for tramping without visible means of subsistence.