G.K. Chesterton

Quotations

It is in the private life that we find the great characters. They are too great to get into the public world.

His English education at one of the great public schools had preserved his intellect perfectly and permanently at the stage of boyhood.

The Man Who Knew Too Much

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

It isn’t that they can’t see the solution. It is that they can’t see the problem.

Bowing down in blind credulity, as is my custom before mere authority and the tradition of the elders, superstitiously swallowing a story I could not test at the time by experiment of private judgement, I am firmly of the opinion that I was born on the 29 of May 1874 on Campden Hill, Kensington.

Autobiography

What the denouncer of dogma really means is not that dogma is bad; but rather that dogma is too good to be true.

The Everlasting Man

All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.

"The Giant," Tremendous Trifles (1909).