Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes

A society is in decay, final or transitional, when common sense really becomes uncommon.

When people begin to ignore human dignity, it will not be long before they begin to ignore human rights.

Marriage halves our griefs, doubles our joys, and quadruples our expenses

These are the days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed except his own.

Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.

The wisest thing in the world is to cry out before you are hurt. It is no good to cry out after you are hurt; especially after you are mortally hurt. People talk about the impatience of the populace; but sound historians know that most tyrannies have been possible because men moved too late. it is often essential to resist a tyranny before it exists.

The problem of disbelieving in God is not that a man ends up believing nothing. Alas, it is much worse. He ends up believing anything.

God is like the sun; you cannot look at it, but without it you cannot look at anything else.

We do not need a censorship of the press. We have a censorship by the press… It is not we who silence the press. It is the press who silences us.

Jesus promised his disciples three things—that they would be completely fearless, absurdly happy, and in constant trouble.

But the truth is that it is only by believing in God that we can ever criticise the Government. Once abolish the God, and the Government becomes the God.

To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.

If men will not be governed by the Ten Commandments, they shall be governed by the ten thousand commandments

Moral issues are always terribly complex for someone without principles.

I don’t need a church to tell me I’m wrong where I already know I’m wrong; I need a Church to tell me I’m wrong where I think I’m right

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

The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected.

Do not be so open-minded that your brains fall out.

Tolerance is the virtue of people who do not believe in anything.

Right is Right even if nobody does it. Wrong is wrong even if everybody is wrong about it.

You’ll never find the solution if you don’t see the problem.

A dead thing goes with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.

It is absurd for the Evolutionist to complain that it is unthinkable for an admittedly unthinkable God to make everything out of nothing and then pretend that it is more thinkable that nothing should turn itself into everything.

When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.

We fear men so much, because we fear God so little. One fear cures another. When man’s terror scares you, turn your thoughts to the wrath of God.