And 14 More GK Chesterton Quotes

Listers, SPL is proud to reproduce the great products of GK Chesterton’s humor and acumen. Enjoy.

Hot Water:
“I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean.”

Music & Dinner:
“Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.”

On Reading a Novel:
“People wonder why the novel is the most popular form of literature; people wonder why it is read more than books of science or books of metaphysics. The reason is very simple; it is merely that the novel is more true than they are.”

Beauty & The Beast:
“There is the great lesson of ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ that a thing must be loved before it is lovable.”

On Those Who Hate Christianity:
“There are those who hate Christianity and call their hatred an all-embracing love for all religions.”

Is Love Blind?
“Love is not blind; that is the last thing that it is. Love is bound; and the more it is bound the less it is blind.”

When to Say Grace:
“You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.”

On Impartiality:
“Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference which is an elegant name for ignorance.”

On Education:
“No man who worships education has got the best out of education… Without a gentle contempt for education no man’s education is complete.”

The Starving World:
“The world will never starve for want of wonders, but for want of wonder.”

On Reading:
“There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and a tired man who wants a book to read.”

On Perspective:
“One sees great things from the valley, only small things from the peak.”

On Angels:
“Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.”

Thanks & Wonder:
“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”