A blog dedicated to providing quotes by and posts relating to one of the most influential (and quotable!) authors of the twentieth century, G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936). If you do not know much about GKC, I suggest visiting the webpage of the American Chesterton Society as well as this wonderful Chesterton Facebook Page by a fellow Chestertonian

I also have created a list detailing examples of the influence of Chesterton if you are interested, that I work on from time to time.

(Moreover, for a list of short GKC quotes, I have created one here, citing the sources)

"...Stevenson had found that the secret of life lies in laughter and humility."

-Heretics (1905)

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Various quotes

 "The modern world may or may not recover a religion, but it is rapidly making a mythology"
 -The Century Magazine, May 1923

"[They] are in one sense very narrow indeed. They are progressive: that is, they deal in terms of time and not of eternity."
 -The Century Magazine, December 1922

"His greatest defect as a poet is a desire to scorn things, which means a desire to be ignorant of them. The true poet shuts nothing out; he looks upon nothing contemptuously, except perhaps upon contempt."
-The Pall Magazine, Volume XXV, September-December 1901

"He has...the fighting spirit, due not to the presence of courage, which is a spiritual virtue, but to the absence of fear, which is an animal defect"
--The Pall Magazine, Volume XXV, September-December 1901

"In the abstract the educated have, no doubt, an advantage over the uneducated; only it happens that we all have a gradual and growing conviction that those who have been educated have been educated wrong."
-The Reader, volume 9 (1907)


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Anonymous said...
I recently heard a qoute of Chesterton on Catholic radio by you concerning when secularist try to destroy the Church, they destroy not the Church but secular things. Would t be possolble to E-mail me th whole qoute? I want to use it in teaching my adult classes at my parish. My E-mail adress is dennishallisey@gmail.com

Thank you

Mike said...


I'm not quite sure what you are referring to by the "Catholic radio" bit...

As for the Chesterton quote, however, I have posted it here:


Mike said...

OK, trying this link again.

Hope that helps. :-)

Mike said...

(BTW, since you apparently posted four times accidentally I assumed, I just cleared up the first three.)