The truth is, of course, that the curtness of the Ten Commandments is an evidence, not of the gloom and narrowness of a religion, but, on the contrary, of its liberality and humanity. It is shorter to state the things forbidden than the things permitted; precisely because most things are permitted, and only a few things are forbidden.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Profession: Author
Nationality: British

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Bigotry consists in a man being convinced that another man must be wrong in everything, because he is wrong in a particular belief; that he must be wrong, even in thinking that he honestly believes he is right.

He who weds the spirit of the times quickly becomes a widower.

Yet these new women would always pay to a man the extravagant compliment which no ordinary woman ever pays to him, that of listening while he is talking.

The man who throws a bomb is an artist, because he prefers a great moment to everything.

People who lose all their charity generally lose all their logic.

You say grace before meals. I say grace before I dip the pen in the ink.

A radical generally meant a man who thought he could somehow pull up the root without affecting the flower. A conservative generally meant a man who wanted to conserve everything except his own reason for conserving anything.

Do not look at the faces in the illustrated papers. Look at the faces in the street.

The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it.

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.

I am not a man at all. I am a cause.

Dickens didn't write what people wanted. He wanted what people wanted.

Irishmen are best at the specially hard professions—the trades of iron, the lawyer, and the soldier.

The only true free-thinker is he whose intellect is as much free from the future as from the past. He cares as little for what will be as for what has been; he cares only for what ought to be. And for my present purpose I specially insist on this abstract independence.