G.K. Chesterton Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous G.K. Chesterton quotes and G.K. Chesterton sayings, and G.K. Chesterton proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"Coincidences are spiritual puns."

"The most poetical thing in the world is not being sick."

"The issue is now clear. It is between light and darkness and everyone must choose his side."

"We ought to see far enough into a hypocrite to see even his sincerity."

"The reason angels can fly is because they take themselves lightly."

"It seems a pity that psychology has destroyed all our knowledge of human nature."

"Tolerance is the virtue of men who don’t believe in anything."

"The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see."

"The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land."

"The family is the test of freedom; because the family is the only thing that the free man makes for himself and by himself."

"Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another."

"No man who worships education has got the best out of education…. Without a gentle contempt for education no man’s education is complete."

"Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously."

"Pride juggles with her toppling towers, They strike the sun and cease. But the firm feet of humility, They grip the ground like trees."

"I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder."

"The trouble with always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do without destroying the health of the mind."

"We are all in the same boat, in a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty."

"The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him."

"How can it be a large career to tell other people’s children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one’s own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? No. A woman’s function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute. I will pity Mrs. Jones for the hugeness of her task; I will never pity her for its smallness."

"The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost."

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