Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Profession: Author
Nationality: British

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For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning "Do it again" to the sun; and every evening "Do it again" to the moon.

The whole imaginative effort of Walt Whitman was really an effort to absorb and animate these multitudinous modern repetitions; and Walt Whitman would be quite capable of including in his lyric litany of optimism a list of the nine hundred and ninety-nine identical bathrooms.

In the glad old days, before the rise of modern morbidities...it used to be thought a disadvantage to be misunderstood.

The skeptic is too credulous; he believes in newspapers and encyclopedias.

There are books showing men how to succeed in everything; they are written by men who cannot even succeed in writing books.

Any one setting out to dispute anything ought always to begin by saying what he does not dispute.

Our political vagueness divides men, it does not fuse them.

Be careful how you suggest things to me. For there is in me a madness which goes beyond martyrdom, the madness of an utterly idle man.

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

How much larger your life would be if your self could become smaller in it.

Man is more himself, more manlike, when joy is the fundamental thing and grief superficial.

She was looking at him from under level brows; her face was grave and open, and there had fallen upon it the shadow of that unreasoning responsibility which is at the bottom of the most frivolous woman, the maternal watch which is as old as the world.

Let us then, by all means, be proud of the virtues that we have not got; but let us not be too arrogant about the virtues that we cannot help having.

The proper name for the thing is modesty; but as we live in an age of prejudice and must not call things by their right names, we will yield to a more modern nomenclature and call it dignity.