G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936), a prolific English writer, was master of many literary forms including essays, poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction. His published writings include history, literary and art criticism, biography, Christian apologetics, philosophy, and fiction, including the delightful Father Brown mysteries.
There are many great Chesterton quotes. Here are a few to get you started:
“An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.”
“Religious liberty might be supposed to mean that everybody is free to discuss religion. In practice it means that hardly anybody is allowed to mention it.”
“Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.”
“Many clever men like you have trusted to civilisation. Many clever Babylonians, many clever Egyptians, many clever men at the end of Rome. Can you tell me, in a world that is flagrant with the failures of civilisation, what there is particularly immortal about yours?”
The Napoleon of Notting Hill. New York: John Lane, 1904. Print. (42-43; ch. 2)
‘”Truth must of necessity be stranger than fiction,” said Basil placidly. “For fiction is the creation of the human mind, and therefore is congenial to it.”‘
The Club of Queer Trades. 1905. Print. (ch. 4)
“For my friend said that he opened his intellect as the sun opens the fans of a palm tree, opening for opening’s sake, opening infinitely for ever. But I said that I opened my intellect as I opened my mouth, in order to shut it again on something solid. I was doing it at the moment. And as I truly pointed out, it would look uncommonly silly if I went on opening my mouth infinitely, for ever and ever.”
Tremendous Trifles. 1909. Print. (ch. V. The Extraordinary Cabman)
“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. Print.
“It is idle to talk always of the alternative of reason and faith. Reason is itself a matter of faith. It is an act of faith to assert that our thoughts have any relation to reality at all. ” Orthodoxy. 1908. Print. (ch. 3)