Gilbert Keith Chesterton

29 May 1874 // 14 Jun 1936


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For children are innocent and love justice, while most of us are wicked and naturally prefer mercy
When learned men begin to use their reason, then I generally discover that they haven't got any
And it is always the humble man who talks too much; the proud man watches himself too closely
When a politician is in opposition he is an expert on the means to some end; and when he is in office he is an expert on the obstacles to it
All government is an ugly necessity
The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists, as the mother can love the unborn child
To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it
Youth is the period in which a man can be hopeless. The end of every episode is the end of the world. But the power of hoping through everything, the knowledge that the soul survives its adventures, that great inspiration comes to the middle-aged
Women prefer to talk in twos, while men prefer to talk in threes
Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."