G.K. Chesterton

Author of Orthodoxy and 40+ Books

G.K. Chesterton


Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was born in London, was educated in St. Pauls, and went to University College London's art school. He was asked to contribute a couple of magazine articles on art criticism in 1900, and he became one of the most prolific writers ever. He wrote a hundred books, contributions to another 200, hundreds of poems, including White Horse's epic Ballad, five plays, five novels, and some two hundred short stories, inclu... ding a popular series featuring Father Brown, the priest-detective. He considered himself primarily a journalist, despite his literary achievements. He has written over 4,000 newspaper essays, including 30-year weekly columns for the Illustrated London News, and 13-year Daily News weekly columns. He also published his own newspaper, G.K.s Weekly. Chhesterton was equally comfortable with literary and social criticism, history, politics, economics, philosophy, and theology.READ MORE

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Popular quotes by G.K. Chesterton


Always be comic in a tragedy. What the deuce else can you do?

But there is in everything a reasonable division of labour. I have written the book, and nothing on earth would induce me to read it.

No man who worships education has got the best out of education... Without a gentle contempt for education no man's education is complete.

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.

He may be mad, but there's method in his madness. There nearly always is method in madness. It's what drives men mad, being methodical.

The wild worship of lawlessness and the materialist worship of law end in the same void. Nietzsche scales staggering mountains, but he turns up ultimately in Tibet. He sits down beside Tolstoy in the land of nothing and Nirvana. They are both helpless—one because he must not grasp anything, and the other because he must not let go of anything. The Tolstoyan’s will is frozen by a Buddhist instinct that all special actions are evil. But the Nietzscheite’s will is quite equally frozen by his view that all special actions are good; for if all special actions are good, none of them are special. They stand at the crossroads, and one hates all the roads and the other likes all the roads. The result is—well, some things are not hard to calculate. They stand at the cross-roads.

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