They have nothing but iced tea, is that okay?

カテゴリ: G・K・チェスタトン

Everything matters — except everything.

There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person.

A man who has faith must be prepared not only to be a martyr, but to be a fool.

Every man speaks of public opinion, and means by public opinion, public opinion minus his opinion.

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

A man cannot be wise enough to be a great artist without being wise enough to wish to be a philosopher.

There is only one thing that it requires real courage to say, and that is a truism.

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

The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man.

To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.

All government is an ugly necessity.

A mystic is a man who separates heaven and earth even if he enjoys them both.

What embitters the world is not excess of criticism, but absence of self-criticism.

The modern world seems to have no notion of preserving different things side by side, of allowing its proper and proportionate place to each, of saving the whole varied heritage of culture. It has no notion except that of simplifying something by destroying nearly everything.

We must not hate humanity, or despise humanity, or refuse to help humanity; but we must not trust humanity

Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.

There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great.

The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder.

Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.

The madman is not the man who has lost his reason. The madman is the man who has lost everything except his reason.

Imagination does not breed insanity. Exactly what does breed insanity is reason. Poets do not go mad; but chess-players do.

The madman's explanation of a thing is always complete, and often in a purely rational sense satisfactory. 

Mysticism keeps men sane. As long as you have mystery you have health; when you destroy mystery you create morbidity.

The modern world is not evil; in some ways the modern world is far too good. It is full of wild and wasted virtues.

The modern world is full of the old Christian virtues gone mad. The virtues have gone mad because they have been isolated from each other and are wandering alone. 

There is a thought that stops thought. That is the only thought that ought to be stopped.

Well, I left the fairy tales lying on the floor of the nursery, and I have not found any books so sensible since.

The man who kills a man, kills a man. The man who kills himself, kills all men. As far as he is concerned he wipes out the world.

Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly.