G. K. Chesterton - Page 2

Facts as facts do not always create a spirit of reality, because reality is a spirit.
– G. K. Chesterton

It seems a pity that psychology has destroyed all our knowledge of human nature.
– G.K. Chesterton

Psychoanalysis is confession without absolution.
– G.K. Chesterton

Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.
– G.K. Chesterton

Leisure is being allowed to do nothing.
– G. K. Chesterton

“My country, right or wrong” is a thing no patriot would ever think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying “My mother, drunk or sober.”
– G. K. Chesterton

Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.
– G. K. Chesterton

Merely having an open mind is nothing. The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.
– G. K. Chesterton

I am not absent minded. It is the presence of mind that makes me unaware of everything else.
– G. K. Chesterton

Journalism largely consists in saying “Lord Jones is dead” to people who never knew Lord Jones was alive.
– G.K. Chesterton

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.
– G. K. Chesterton

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.
– G.K. Chesterton

Forgiving means to pardon the unpardonable, Faith means believing the unbelievable, And hoping means to hope when things are hopeless.
– G. K. Chesterton

Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly; devils fall because of their gravity.
– G. K. Chesterton

I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles.
– G.K. Chesterton

The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
– G.K. Chesterton

The reason angels can fly is because they take themselves lightly.
– G.K. Chesterton

There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read.
– G. K. Chesterton

A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
– G. K. Chesterton

It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong.
– G. K. Chesterton