G K Chesterton Love Quotes and Sayings
#1 Illustrated London News, 16 July 1910
1. The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.
#2 Illustrated London News, 4 June 1921
2. These are the things which might conceivably and truly make men forgive their enemies. We can only turn hate to love by understanding what are the things that men have loved; nor is it necessary to ask men to hate their loves in order to love one another. Just as two grocers are most likely to be reconciled when they remember for a moment that they are two fathers, so two nationals are most likely to be reconciled when they remember (if only for a moment) that they are two patriots.
#3 The Advantages of Having One Leg, Tremendous Trifles, 1909
3. The way to love anything is to realise that it might be lost. In one of my feet I can feel how strong and splendid a foot is; in the other I can realise how very much otherwise it might have been.
#4 Charles II, Twelve Types
4. Reason is always a kind of brute force; those who appeal to the head rather than the heart, however pallid and polite, are necessarily men of violence. We speak of ‘touching’ a man’s heart, but we can do nothing to his head but hit it.
5. A man imagines a happy marriage as a marriage of love; even if he makes fun of marriages that are without love, or feels sorry for lovers who are without marriage.
6. Marriage is a duel to the death which no man of honour should decline.
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Gilbert Keith Chesterton (29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936) was an English writer. His prolific and diverse output included philosophy, ontology, poetry, play writing, journalism, public lecturing and debating, biography, Christian apologetic, fantasy and detective fiction.
Sayings by G K Chesterton
1. A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author. It does much more than that, it tells us the truth about its readers; and, oddly enough, it tells us this all the more the more cynical and immoral be the motive of its manufacture.
#2 As I Was Saying, III ABOUT IMPENITENCE, 1936
2. For in truth I believe that the only way to say anything definite is to define it, and all definition is by limitation and exclusion; and that the only way to say something distinct is to say something distinguishable; and distinguishable from everything else. In short, I think that a man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying.
#3 Orthodoxy, CHAPTER V: The Flag of the World
3. A man who says that no patriot should attack the Boer War until it is over is not worth answering intelligently; he is saying that no good son should warn his mother off a cliff until she has fallen over it.
#4 THE COMMON MAN, THE REAL DR. JOHNSON
4. He understood (what so many faultlessly polite people do not understand) that a stiff apology is a second insult. He understood that the injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt.
#5-6 Orthodoxy, CHAPTER VI: The Paradoxes of Christianity
5. Stated baldly, charity certainly means one of two things–pardoning unpardonable acts, or loving unlovable people.
6. Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.
#7 A Miscellany of Men, The Contented Man
7. “Content” ought to mean in English, as it does in French, being pleased; placidly, perhaps, but still positively pleased. Being contented with bread and cheese ought not to mean not caring what you eat. It ought to mean caring for bread and cheese; handling and enjoying the cubic content of the bread and cheese and adding it to your own. Being content with an attic ought not to mean being unable to move from it and resigned to living in it. It ought to mean appreciating what there is to appreciate in such a position; such as the quaint and elvish slope of the ceiling or the sublime aerial view of the opposite chimney-pots. And in this sense contentment is a real and even an active virtue; it is not only affirmative, but creative.
#8 The Advantages of Having One Leg, Tremendous Trifles, 1909
8. This world and all our powers in it are far more awful and beautiful than even we know until some accident reminds us.
#9 Heretics, VII: Omar and the Sacred Vine
9. Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable. Never drink when you are wretched without it, or you will be like the grey-faced gin-drinker in the slum; but drink when you would be happy without it, and you will be like the laughing peasant of Italy. Never drink because you need it, for this is rational drinking, and the way to death and hell. But drink because you do not need it, for this is irrational drinking, and the ancient health of the world.
#10 The Chesterton Review, February, 1984
10. When giving treats to friends or children, give them what they like, emphatically not what is good for them.
#11 A Visit to Holland, Illustrated London News, 29 April 1922
11. I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.
#12 A Short History of England, Chapter VI: The Age of the Crusades
12. I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
#13 All Things Considered, THE ERROR OF IMPARTIALITY, Humanitarianism and Strength
13. For if you do not understand a man you cannot crush him. And if you do understand him, very probably you will not.
#14 The Scandal of Father Brown
14. It isn’t that they can’t see the solution. It is that they can’t see the problem.
#15 Autobiography, Chapter XI. The Shadow of the Sword
15. Man seems to be capable of great virtues but not small virtues; capable of defying his torturer but not of keeping his temper.
#16 Autobiography, Chapter XVI. The God with the Golden Key
16. The aim of life is appreciation; there is no sense in not appreciating things; and there is no sense in having more of them if you have less appreciation of them.
#17 On Running After Ones Hat, All Things Considered, 1908
17. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered.
#18 Sidelights on New London and Newer New York
18. What embitters the world is not excess of criticism, but an absence of self-criticism.
#19 Collected Works of G.K. Chesterton: The Illustrated London News, 1905-1907 (1986)
19. Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.
#20 Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens Chapter III “Pickwick Papers”, 1911
20. The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists, as the mother can love the unborn child.
#21 The Coloured Lands, 1938
21. For children are innocent and love justice, while most of us are wicked and naturally prefer mercy.
#22 All Things Considered, 1908
22. I cannot understand the people who take literature seriously; but I can love them, and I do. Out of my love I warn them to keep clear of this book.
#23 Illustrated London News, 19 April 1930
23. Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.
#24 The Speaker, 15 December 1900
24. Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance.
Unsourced G K Chesterton Quotes
1. The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.
2. When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.