Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) English essayist, novelist, journalist, poet

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To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it. - Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another. - Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Happy is he who still loves something he loved in the nursery: He has not been broken in two by time; he is not two men, but one, and he has saved not only his soul but his life. - Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Virtue is not the absence of vices or the avoidance of moral dangers; virtue is a vivid and separate ting, like pain or a particular smell. - Gilbert Keith Chesterton
The purpose of Compulsory Education is to deprive the common people of their commonsense. - Gilbert Keith Chesterton
The artistic temperament is a disease that affects amateurs. Artists of a large and wholesome vitality get rid of their art easily, as they breathe easily or perspire easily. But in artists of less force the thing becomes a pressure, and produces definite pain, which is called the artistic temperament. - Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Coincidences are spiritual puns. - Gilbert Keith Chesterton
The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see. - Gilbert Keith Chesterton
If you look at a thing nine hundred and ninety-nine times, you are perfectly safe; if you look at it the thousandth time, you are in frightful danger of seeing it for the first time. - Gilbert Keith Chesterton