It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Profession: Author
Nationality: British

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It is easy to be solemn, it is so hard to be frivolous.

Men represent the deliberative and democratic element in life. Woman represents the despotic.

I have known some people of very modern views driven by their distress to the use of theological terms to which they attached no doctrinal significance, merely because a drawer was jammed tight and they could not pull it out.

He is a [sane] man who can have tragedy in his heart and comedy in his head.

My attitude toward progress has passed from antagonism to boredom. I have long ceased to argue with people who prefer Thursday to Wednesday because it is Thursday.

Alone among the animals, he is shaken with the beautiful madness called laughter.

The philanthropist can never forget classes and callings. He says, with a modest swagger, 'I have invited twenty-five factory hands to tea.' If he said 'I have invited twenty-five chartered accountants to tea,' everyone would see the humour of so simple a classification.

We make our friends; we make our enemies; but God makes our next-door neighbour.

We are in the presence of a thousand lies all pointing with their fantastic fingers to one undiscovered truth.

But always, it has been truly said, the savage is talkative about his mythology and taciturn about his religion.

Of all horrible religions the most horrible is the worship of hte god within.

We may fight for the cause of international peace because we are very fond of fighting.

Every healthy person at some period must feed on fiction as well as fact; because fact is a thing which the world gives to him, whereas fiction is a thing which he gives to the world.

We become taller when we bow.