A Moment With G.K. Chesterton

By: Gabriela Yareliz

I have been recently intrigued by G.K. Chesterton. I thought I would share some selected quotes and snippets from his writing.

All quotes are the words of G.K. Chesterton:

  • “Men invent new ideals because they dare not attempt old ideals. They look forward with enthusiasm, because they are afraid to look back.” – What’s Wrong With The World, 1910
  • “Love means loving the unlovable – or it is no virtue at all.” – Heretics, 1905
  • “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.” – Chapter 5, What’s Wrong With The World, 1910
  • “The Declaration of Independence dogmatically bases all rights on the fact that God created all men equal; and it is right; for if they were not created equal, they were certainly evolved unequal. There is no basis for democracy except in a dogma about the divine origin of man.” – Chapter 19, What I Saw In America, 1922
  • “Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable.” – ILN, 10/23/09
  • “Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.” – ILN, 5/5/28

My intrigue grows… He is wise, clever and philosophical; many of my favorite traits.

Published by Gabriela Yareliz

Gabriela is a writer, editor and attorney. She loves the art of storytelling, and she is based in NYC.

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