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GK Chesterton Quotes

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'A businessman is the only man who is forever apologizing for his occupation.'

'A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its autho'

'A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying'

'A new philosophy generally means in practice the praise of some old vice'

'A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things'

'A room without books is like a body without a soul.'

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

'A yawn is a silent shout'

'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 slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.'

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

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

'Coincidences are spiritual puns.'

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

'How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win'

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

'I've searched all the parks in all the cities and found no statues of committees'

'It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it.'

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

'The only way of catching a train I have ever discovered is to miss the train before'

'The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.'

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

'There are hardly two things more peculiarly English than Welsh rarebit and Irish stew'

'The world is a place on which England is to be found'

'It is not so much that the world has got so much worse but that news coverage has got so much better'

'Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese'

'Thieves respect property - they merely wish it to become their property'

'Merely having an open mind is nothing. The object of opening the mind, as with the mouth, is it firmly shut it again on something solid'

'A yawn is a silent shout'

'I believe in getting in to hot water. It keeps you clean'

Born in Kensington, London
Died in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire
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