There are books showing men how to succeed in everything; they are written by men who cannot even succeed in writing books.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Profession: Author
Nationality: British

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That wild word, "Moor Eeffoc," is the motto of all effective realism; it is the masterpiece of the good realistic principle - the principle that the most fantastic thing of all is often the precise fact.

The madman is the man who has lost everything except his reason.

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

A great city is the place to escape the true drama of provincial life, and find solace in fantasy.

He has come to the most dreadful conclusion a literary man can come to, the conclusion that the ordinary view is the right one. It is only the last and wildest kind of courage that can stand on a tower before ten thousand people and tell them that twice two is four.

Tolerance is the last virtue of a man without principle.

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.

And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than look down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.

Humor can get in under the door while seriousness is still fumbling at the handle.

No man is such a legalist as the good Secularist.

The ordinary detective discovers from a ledger or a diary that a crime has been committed. We discover from a book of sonnets that a crime will be committed.

Charity means pardoning what is unpardonable, or it is no virtue at all. Hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no virtue at all. And faith means believing the incredible, or it is no virtue at all.

As regards moral courage, then, it is not so much that the public schools support it feebly, as that they suppress it firmly.

Political Economy means that everybody except politicians must be economical.