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G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "Brave men are all vertebrates they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle."

Brave men are all vertebrates they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle.




G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?"

When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "A mystic is a man who separates heaven and earth even if he enjoys them both."

A mystic is a man who separates heaven and earth even if he enjoys them both.



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously."

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




G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling."

Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching."

A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching.



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another."

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




G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "True contentment is a thing as active as agriculture. It is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it. It is arduous and it is rare."

True contentment is a thing as active as agriculture. It is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it. It is arduous and it is rare.



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese."

The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "A good novel tells us the truth about its hero but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author."

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



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "The purpose of Compulsory Education is to deprive the common people of their commonsense."

The purpose of Compulsory Education is to deprive the common people of their commonsense.



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "Half a truth is better than no politics."

Half a truth is better than no politics.




G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "In matters of truth the fact that you don't want to publish something is, nine times out of ten, a proof that you ought to publish it."

In matters of truth the fact that you don't want to publish something is, nine times out of ten, a proof that you ought to publish it.



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "Marriage is an adventure, like going to war."

Marriage is an adventure, like going to war.



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "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 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.



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "'My country, right or wrong' is a thing no patriot would ever think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying 'My mother, drunk or sober.'"

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



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "Women prefer to talk in twos, while men prefer to talk in threes."

Women prefer to talk in twos, while men prefer to talk in threes.



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry."

All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder."

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



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "The word 'good' has many meanings. For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of five hundred yards, I should call him a good shot, but not necessarily a good man."

The word 'good' has many meanings. For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of five hundred yards, I should call him a good shot, but not necessarily a good man.



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden heaven is a playground."

The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden heaven is a playground.



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see."

The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition."

A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition.



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "The family is the test of freedom because the family is the only thing that the free man makes for himself and by himself."

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



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "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."

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.



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "The objection to an aristocracy is that it is a priesthood without a god."

The objection to an aristocracy is that it is a priesthood without a god.



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "One sees great things from the valley only small things from the peak."

One sees great things from the valley only small things from the peak.



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite."

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



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame."

Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "Love means to love that which is unlovable or it is no virtue at all."

Love means to love that which is unlovable or it is no virtue at all.



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "I was planning to go into architecture. But when I arrived, architecture was filled up. Acting was right next to it, so I signed up for acting instead."

I was planning to go into architecture. But when I arrived, architecture was filled up. Acting was right next to it, so I signed up for acting instead.



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "Somewhere embedded in every ordinary book are the five or six words for which really all the rest will be written."

Somewhere embedded in every ordinary book are the five or six words for which really all the rest will be written.



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it."

Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "Happiness is a mystery, like religion, and should never be rationalised."

Happiness is a mystery, like religion, and should never be rationalised.



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere."

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



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles."

I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles.



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair."

Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "The Christian optimism is based on the fact that we do not fit in to the world."

The Christian optimism is based on the fact that we do not fit in to the world.



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "I left the fairy tales lying on the floor of the nursery, and I have not found any books so sensible since."

I left the fairy tales lying on the floor of the nursery, and I have not found any books so sensible since.



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "I had always felt life first as a story: and if there is a story there is a story-teller"

I had always felt life first as a story: and if there is a story there is a story-teller



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "There is but an inch of difference between the cushioned chamber and the padded cell."

There is but an inch of difference between the cushioned chamber and the padded cell.



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "There is nothing the matter with Americans except their ideals. The real American is all right it is the ideal American who is all wrong."

There is nothing the matter with Americans except their ideals. The real American is all right it is the ideal American who is all wrong.



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "We may fight for the cause of international peace because we are very fond of fighting."

We may fight for the cause of international peace because we are very fond of fighting.



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "To be clever enough to get all that money, one must be stupid enough to want it."

To be clever enough to get all that money, one must be stupid enough to want it.



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "it will be generally found that the popular joke is not true to the letter, but is true to the spirit. The joke is generally in the oddest way the truth and yet not the fact."

it will be generally found that the popular joke is not true to the letter, but is true to the spirit. The joke is generally in the oddest way the truth and yet not the fact.



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances which we know to be desperate."

Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances which we know to be desperate.



G.K. Chesterton Quotes: "Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist."

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