G.K. Chesterton Quotes and Critique

“When learned men begin to use their reason, then I generally discover that they haven’t got any.” – Illustrated London News (7 November 1908)

Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable.” – Illustrated London News (190910-23)

“The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.” – Illustrated London News (16 July 1910)

Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.” Alarms and Discursions (1910)

“To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.” – A Short History of England (1917)

“If there were no God, there would be no atheists.” – Where All Roads Lead (1922)

Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.” – Illustrated London News (193004-19)

“What embitters the world is not excess of criticism, but an absence of self-criticism.” – “Sidelights on New London and Newer New York”

“The simplification of anything is always sensational.” – Varied Types


I think I would like to read more of Chesterton’s wit and wisdom.  I can also see where he affected some of C.S. Lewis’ insights.  It’s amazing to read the thoughts of great minds of the past that lived 100 to thousands of years ago and read some of the same issues, hopes, satire and wit that we experience today in our lives.  You can read a little on wikipedia about G. K. Chesterton here.

One of the things that bothered me about Chesterton was that he had an adherence to Catholicism.  I almost didn’t post this blog entry because of his difference from mine theologically.  So, after some research I found this entry here and felt it was a very fair critique of G. K. Chesterton’s theological paradoxes.  I’ve met a few homeschool families who have praise for his writings, including the Father Brown stories, but I have not read until now the CTRA article, which just confirmed some of my thoughts before about Chesterton.  It’s good to have balance of opinion and healthy debate and we should all, like Chesterton claimed to have understood, have more optimism about the things God is working out for His good.


2 Responses to “G.K. Chesterton Quotes and Critique”

  1. cburrell Says:

    Wonderful Chesterton quotes, and there’s plenty more where they came from. You might enjoy this page, where you can find somewhat longer quotations from his writings (and a new one each week at that!).

  2. Adrian D'monte Says:

    it was great all the quotes

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