Happiness is a mystery, like religion, and should never be rationalised.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Profession: Author
Nationality: British


Happiness is a mystery, like religion, and should never be rationalised. Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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The true soldier fights.

The obvious effect of frivolous divorce will be frivolous marriage. If people can be separated for no reason they will feel it all the easier to be united for no reason.

Christianity got over the difficulty of combining furious opposites, by keeping them both, and keeping them both furious. The church was positive on both points. One can hardly think too little of one's self. One can hardly think too much of one's soul.

The only way to discuss the social evil is to get at once to the social ideal. We can all see the national madness; but what is national sanity? I have called this book "What Is Wrong with the World?" and the upshot of the title can be easily and clearly stated. What is wrong is that we do not ask what is right.

It might be said that the Thomist begins with something solid like the taste of an apple, and afterwards deduces a divine life for the intellect; while the Mystic exhausts the intellect first, and says finally that the sense of God is something like the taste of an apple.

Being surrounded with every conceivable kind of revolt from infancy, Gabriel had to revolt into something, so he revolted into the only thing left-- sanity.

We think the cat superior because we have (or most of us have) a particular philosophy to the effect that life is better than death. But if the mouse were a German pessimist mouse, he might not think that the cat had beaten him at all. He might think he had beaten the cat by getting to the grave first.

I never use paradox. The statements I make are wearisome and obvious common sense. I have even been driven to the tedium of reading through my own books, and have been unable to find any paradox. In fact, that thing is quite tragic, and some day I shall hope to write an epic called 'Paradox Lost'.

Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.

We do not need to get good laws to restrain bad people. We need to get good people to restrain us from bad laws.

Without the family, we are helpless before the State.

Civilization has run on ahead of the soul of man, and is producing faster than he can think and give thanks.

They stoned the false prophets, it is said; but they could have stoned true prophets with a greater and juster enjoyment.

There is no attempt made by these simple and honest men, the father and son, to pretend that the dead woman was anything greatly other than she was; their respect is for death, and for the human weakness and mystery which it must finally cover.