Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Profession: Author
Nationality: British

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But humanity as a whole is changeful, mystical, fickle, delightful. Men are men, but Man is a woman.

Never invoke the gods unless you really want them to appear. It annoys them very much.

Humility is the mother of giants. One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.

All true friendliness begins with fire and food and drink and the recognition of rain or frost.

It was not the house that grew dull, but I that grew dull in it. My wife was better than all women, and yet I could not feel it.

In so far as I am Man I am the chief of creatures. In so far as I am a man I am the chief of sinners.

The duty of the artist lies in keeping alive a sense of wonder in the world.

Where does a wise man hide a leaf? In the forest. But what does he do if there is no forest? He grows a forest to hide it in.

This man's spiritual power has been precisely this, that he has distinguished between custom and creed. He has broken the conventions, but he has kept the commandments.

A child has an ingrained fancy for coal, not for the gross materialistic reason that it builds up fires by which we cook and are warmed, but for the infinitely nobler and more abstract reason that it blacks his fingers.

It will be said that a rational person accepts the world as mixed of good and evil with decent satisfaction and decent endurance. But this is exactly the attitude which I maintain to be defective... We do not want joy and anger to neutralize each other and produce a surly contentment; we want a fiercer delight and a fiercer discontent.

Free verse is like free love; it is a contradiction in terms.

A man's minor actions and arrangements ought to be free, flexible, creative; the things that should be unchangeable are his principles, his ideals. But with us the reverse is true; our views change constantly; but our lunch does not change.

All his actions had something at once ambitious and conscientious; he drank no wine, but was slightly intoxicated with words. And his face and phrases were on the front page of all the newspapers just then, because he was contesting the safe seat of Sir Francis Verner in the great by-election in the west.