G.K. Chesterton

I doubt if anyone of any tenderness or imagination can see the hand of a child and not be a little frightened of it. It is awful to think of the essential human energy moving so tiny a thing; it is like imagining that human nature could live in the wing of a butterfly or the leaf of a tree. When we look upon lives so human and yet so small, we feel the same kind of obligation to these creatures that [God] might feel.

G.K. Chesterton, In Defense of Baby Worship from The Defendant 1903

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Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly.

G. K. Chesterton

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He is a sane man who can have tragedy in his heart and comedy in his head.

G.K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles

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

G.K. Chesterton, Everlasting Man

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It’s not that we don’t have enough scoundrels to curse; it’s that we don’t have enough good men to curse them.

G.K. Chesterton

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Truth is stranger than fiction because we create fiction to suit our fancy.

G. K. Chesterton

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The whole truth is generally the ally of virtue; a half-truth is always the ally of some vice.

G.K. Chesterton

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To the humble man, and to the humble man alone, the sun is really a sun; to the humble man, and to the humble man alone, the sea is really a sea.

G.K. Chesterton

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It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong.

G.K. Chesterton

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At least five times with the Arian and the Albigensian, with the Humanist sceptic, after Voltaire and after Darwin, the Faith has to all appearance gone to the dogs. In each of these five cases it was the dog that died.

G.K. Chesterton

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