A liberal is a noble and indispensable lunatic who tries to make a cosmos of his own head.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Profession: Author
Nationality: British

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To be born into this earth is to be born into uncongenial surroundings, hence to be born into a romance.

There are no words to express the abyss between isolation and having one ally. It may be conceded to the mathematician that four is twice two. But two is not twice one; two is two thousand times one.

An optimist is a man who looks after your eyes, and a pessimist is a man who looks after your feet.

A man cannot think himself out of mental evil; for it is actually the organ of thought that has become diseased, ungovernable, and, as it were, independent. He can only be saved by will or faith. The moment his mere reason moves, it moves in the old circular rut; he will go round and round his logical circle.

He had escaped a thunderbolt, but he was still under a cloud.

Perhaps you know that you are the King of England; but why do you care?

But it is impossible to be an artist and not care for laws and limits. Art is limitation; the essence of every picture is the frame.

I had heard that I was in the wrong place, and my soul sang for joy, like a bird in spring.

Christianity is not a creed for good men, but for men.

You cannot grow a beard in a moment of passion.

The more we are proud that the Bethlehem story is plain enough to be understood by the shepherds, and almost by the sheep, the more do we let ourselves go, in dark and gorgeous imaginative frescoes or pageants about the mystery and majesty of the Three Magian Kings.

Her finger-nails were painted five different colours, looking like the paints in a child's paintbox; and she was as innocent as a child.

What had happened to the human imagination, as a whole, was that the whole world was coloured by dangerous and rapidly deteriorating passions; by natural passions becoming unnatural passions.

His face frightened me, as it did everyone; but not because it was brutal, not because it was evil. On the contrary, it frightened me because it was so beautiful, because it was so good.