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

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Profession: Author
Nationality: British

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Those might not be the very best judges of the relation of religion to happiness who, by their own account, had neither one nor the other.

Change is about the narrowest and hardest groove that a man can get into.

For some extraordinary reason, there is a fixed notion that it is more liberal to disbelieve in miracles than to believe in them.

It is the supreme proof of a man being prosaic that he always insists on poetry being poetical.

Once men sang together round a table in chorus; now one man sings alone, for the absurd reason that he can sing better. If our civilization goes on like this, only one man will laugh, because he can laugh better than the rest.

A saint is long past any desire for distinction; he is the only sort of superior man who has never been a superior person.

For with any recovery from morbidity there must go a certain healthy humiliation. There comes a certain point in such conditions when only three things are possible: first a perpetuation of Satanic pride, secondly tears, and third laughter.

Men trust an ordinary man because they trust themselves. But men trust a great man because they do not trust themselves. And hence the worship of great men always appears in times of weakness and cowardice; we never hear of great men until the time when all other men are small.

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

That God should allow good people to be as bestially stupid as that--rose against me like a towering blasphemy.

Now in history there is no Revolution that is not a Restoration. Among the many things that leave me doubtful about the modern habit of fixing eyes on the future, none is stronger than this: that all the men in history who have really done anything with the future have had their eyes fixed upon the past.

Like every book I never wrote, it is by far the best book I have ever written.

Try to grow straight, and life will bend you.

Truth is sacred; and if you tell the truth too often nobody will believe it.