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.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Profession: Author
Nationality: British

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What people call impartiality may simply mean indifference, and what people call partiality may simply mean mental activity.

It is really not so repulsive to see the poor asking for money as to see the rich asking for more money. And advertisement is the rich asking for more money.

He had found the thing which the modern people call Impressionism, which is another name for that final scepticism which can find no floor to the universe.

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

A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth; this has been exactly reversed.

Hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no virtue at all… As long as matters are really hopeful, hope is mere flattery or platitude; it is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be a strength.

The poet only asks to get his head into the heavens.

The aim of life is appreciation; there is no sense in not appreciating things; and there is no sense in having more of them if you have less appreciation of them.

Christian marriage is the great example of a real and irrevocable result; and that is why it is the chief subject and centre of all our romantic writing.

A madman is not someone who has lost his reason but someone who has lost everything but his reason.

But let the colours you lay on be violent, gorgeous, terrific colours, because my feelings are like that.

I know too much," he said. "That's what's the matter with me. That's what's the matter with all of us, and the whole show; we know too much. Too much about one another; too much about ourselves.

But our modern educationists are trying to bring about a religious liberty without attempting to settle what is religion or what is liberty.