Quips and Quotes from G.K. Chesterton

Welcome to the Brickyard. This is a place to find quotes for use in your own research and writing. The bricks are free, but the building is up to you. The following quotes are from The Quotable Chesterton edited by Marlin, Rabatin, and Swan. It is a compilation of quotes from G.K. Chesterton across a host of topics. Enjoy.

Argument

“It is generally the man who is not ready to argue, who is ready to sneer.”

The Quotable Chesterton, 26.

Authority

“Authority ruling men must be respected; it must even be loved. Men must in the last resort love it; for the simple reason that men must in the last resort die for it.”

The Quotable Chesterton, 33.

Simplification

“The simplification of anything is always sensational.”

The Quotable Chesterton, 325.

“…it’s natural to believe in the supernatural. It never feels natural to accept only natural things.”

The Quotable Chesterton, 336.

Testimony

“…the more we study it the more queer the whole question of human evidence becomes. There is not one man in twenty who really observes things at all. There is not one man in a hundred who observes them with real precision; certainly not one in a hundred who can first observe, then remember and finally describe.”

The Quotable Chesterton, 341.

Theology

“Theology is only thought applied to religion.”

The Quotable Chesterton, 343.

Thinkers (Modern)

“A modern ‘thinker’ will find it easier to make up a hundred problems than to make up one riddle. For in the case of the riddle he has to make up the answer.”

The Quotable Chesterton, 345.

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