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G. K. Chesterton

1874-1936 ,  English writer & critic
G. K. ChestertonEnglish critic and author of verse, essays, novels, and short stories, known also for his exuberant personality and rotund figure.
Chesterton wrote around 80 books, several hundred poems, some 200 short stories, 4000 essays, and several plays.
He was big, standing at 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) and weighing around 130kg.

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When some English moralists write about the importance of having character, they appear to mean only the importance of having a dull character.

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.

There are no uninteresting things, only uninterested people.

Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.

There is the great lesson of “Beauty and the Beast,” that a thing must be loved before it is lovable.

The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.

The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.

There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.

A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.

Do not be so open-minded that your brains fall out.

If there were no God, there would be no atheists.

Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable.

I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean.

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

A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.

Humility is the mother of giants. One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.

Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference which is an elegant name for ignorance.

There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and a tired man who wants a book to read.

Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.

There are two ways of getting home; and one of them is to stay there.

The things we see every day are the things we never see at all.

Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.

London is a riddle. Paris is an explanation.

It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it.

An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.

Briefly, you can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.

The rich are the scum of the earth in every country.

All government is an ugly necessity.

When a politician is in opposition he is an expert on the means to some end; and when he is in office he is an expert on the obstacles to it.

One can sometimes do good by being the right person in the wrong place.

To be clever enough to get all that money, one must be stupid enough to want it.

It is in the very nature of the best sort of joke to be the worst sort of insult if it is not taken as a joke.

Journalism largely consists of saying “Lord Jones is Dead ” to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.

The man who sees the consistency in things is a wit. The man who sees the inconsistency in things is a humorist.

There is more simplicity in the man who eats caviar on impulse than in the man who eats grapenuts on principle.

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