Thursday, March 16, 2006

G. K. Chesterton - Great Quotes

G. K. Chesterton - that English man - a Catholic, a writer, a thinker - and I think a man who wielded a pen (in English) better than any man alive or dead (sorry to all of you who love Shakespeare or whoever). I believe he was C. S. Lewis' favorite author and I know Ravi Zacharias quotes him as much or more than anyone.

Here are some of the many incredible quotes he's put out there. They make me think. Wow. Sorry that not all the quotes are cited - but they would be easy enough to find - google them.

  • If there were no God, there would be no Atheists.
  • Don't ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up.
  • Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.
  • I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean.
  • "A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it." - Everlasting Man, 1925
  • Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
  • "Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance." - The Speaker, 12/15/00
  • "The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried." - Chapter 5, What's Wrong With The World, 1910
  • "It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged." - The Cleveland Press, 3/1/21
  • 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.
  • I say that a man must be certain of his morality for the simple reason that he has to suffer for it.
  • "There is a corollary to the conception of being too proud to fight. It is that the humble have to do most of the fighting." - Everlasting Man, 1925
  • "The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him." - ILN, 1/14/11
  • Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.
  • The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.


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