G.K. Chesterton’s Thought Provoking Quotes

In a previous post I wrote about my favorite “colorful” quotes from G.K. Chesterton. Well, not only did he have a big personality and humorous wit, but also a knack for expressing deep and complex thoughts. In my opinion he was quite adept at getting across an idea or observation without directly referencing what the idea or observation was about. This can sometimes leave his meaning a smidge unclear, especially since I did not live at the same time as G.K. Chesterton and do not know a lot about the issues of the time. Fortunately, I consider a lack of clarity to be an opportunity to unleash my musings. The following quotes are examples of things G.K. Chesterton has said that I enjoy pondering and amusing myself with, enjoy.

“Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.”

“Journalism is popular, but it is popular mainly as fiction. Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers is another.”

“Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.”

“An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.”

“The way to love anything is to realize that it my be lost.”

“One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self is more distant than any star.”

“And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain there would be no rainbow.”

“Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.”

“A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things.”

“Journalism largely consists of saying ‘Lord Jones is dead’ to people who never knew Lord Jones was alive.”

“I’ve searched all the parks in all the cities and found no statues of committees.”

I do not agree with everything he ever said, or with his decision to embrace the Roman Catholic Church, but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying his observations. I must admit, sometimes the enjoyment I feel when reading his quotes comes merely from the way he phrased them. This could very well be a testament to the age in which he lived, as words and phrasing do change with time, but I like to think it is also a testament to G.K. Chesterton himself. It is a romantic way of phrasing and I feel almost…intellectual, when I read it. Upon my word, while I ramble on about phraseology the point of this post is wandering away…. What I have tried to say is that G.K. Chesterton had a uniquely clever way of framing an issue. His method can easily lead a person to inadvertently think about an issue more than they typically would, all in an effort to decipher what he was referring to. I see this as a gift, a gift from God to G.K. Chesterton, a gift from him to readers, and therefore a gift from God to us.


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