G. K. Chesterton

G. K. Chesterton

I still believe in liberalism today as much as I ever did, but, oh, there was a happy time when I believed in liberals...

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

I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.

Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.

An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.

\My country, right or wrong,\" is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying, \"My mother, drunk or sober.\""

You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution

The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion.

The poor complain that they are governed badly. The rich complain that they are governed at all.

A dead thing goes with the stream. Only a living thing can go against it.

Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.

To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.

A room without books is like a body without a soul.

By a curious confusion, many modern critics have passed from the proposition that a masterpiece may be unpopular to the other proposition that unless it is unpopular it cannot be a masterpiece.

I say that a man must be certain of his morality for the simple reason that he has to suffer for it.

If there were no God, there would be no Atheists.

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.

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.

Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult, and not tried.

If a rhinoceros were to enter this resteraunt now, there is no denying he would have great power here. But I would be the first to rise and assure him that he had no authority whatever.

Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.

I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean.

Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers. In the perfect stranger we perceive man himself; the image of a God is not disguised by resemblances to an uncle or doubts of wisdom of a mustache.

The honest poor can sometimes forget poverty. The honest rich can never forget it.

Truth must necessarily be stranger than fiction, for fiction is the creation of the human mind and therefore congenial to it.