G. K. Chesterton Quotations

-The greatest problem with Christianity is not that it has been tried and found wanting, but that it’s hardly been tried at all.

-The chief object of education is not to learn things but to unlearn things.

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

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

-Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.

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

-The modern world seems to have no notion of preserving different things side by side, of allowing its proper and proportionate place to each, of saving the whole varied heritage of culture. It has no notion except that of simplifying something by destroying nearly everything.

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

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

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

-Exactly the instant when hope ceases to be reasonable it begins to be useful.

-Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.

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

-There are no wise few. Every aristocracy that has ever existed has behaved, in all essential points, exactly like a small mob.

-Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.

-Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up.
G. K. Chesterton