Quotes by G. K. Chesterton

A businessman is the only man who is forever apologizing for his occupation.
– G. K. Chesterton
A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying.
– G. K. Chesterton
A man who says that no patriot should attack the war until it is over... is saying no good son should warn his mother of a cliff until she has fallen.
– G. K. Chesterton
A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things.
– G. K. Chesterton
A stiff apology is a second insult... The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt.
– G. K. Chesterton
A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching.
– G. K. Chesterton
A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition.
– G. K. Chesterton
A yawn is a silent shout.
– G. K. Chesterton
All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.
– G. K. Chesterton
All conservatism is based upon the idea that if you leave things alone you leave them as they are. But you do not. If you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change.
– G. K. Chesterton
An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.
– G. K. Chesterton
And they that rule in England, in stately conclaves met, alas, alas for England they have no graves as yet.
– G. K. Chesterton
And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.
– G. K. Chesterton
Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.
– G. K. Chesterton
Artistic temperament is the disease that afflicts amateurs.
– G. K. Chesterton
Being contented ought to mean in English, as it does in French, being pleased. Being content with an attic ought not to mean being unable to move from it and resigned to living in it; it ought to mean appreciating all there is in such a position.
– G. K. Chesterton
But there is good news yet to hear and fine things to be seen before we go to Paradise by way of Kensal Green.
– G. K. Chesterton
Coincidences are spiritual puns.
– G. K. Chesterton
Compromise used to mean that half a loaf was better than no bread. Among modern statesmen it really seems to mean that half a loaf ;is better than a whole loaf.
– G. K. Chesterton
Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.
– G. K. Chesterton