Words of Wisdom From G.K. Chesterton

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Gilbert Keith Chesterton (29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936) also known as G.K. Chesterton was a Catholic lay theologian, an art critic, and a fiction. His stories, writings, and essays have inspired Christians, both Catholic and Protestant, in his observations on the world and on what it means to be a Christian. Here are ten Words of Wisdom From G.K. Chesterton:

It’s the first effect of not believing in God that you lose your common sense. – Father Brown: “The Oracle of the Dog”

There runs a strange law through the length of human history — that men are continually tending to undervalue their environment, to undervalue their happiness, to undervalue themselves. The great sin of mankind, the sin typified by the fall of Adam, is the tendency, not towards pride, but towards this weird and horrible humility. This is the great fall, the fall by which the fish forgets the sea, the ox forgets the meadow, the clerk forgets the city, every man forgets his environment and, in the fullest and most literal sense, forgets himself. This is the real fall of Adam, and it is a spiritual fall. – The Defendant

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

The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man. – The Book of Job: An introduction

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity. – In Defense of Fiction

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

The academic mind reflects infinity, and is full of light by the simple process of being shallow and standing still. – Manalive

All things are from God; and above all, reason and imagination and the great gifts of the mind. They are good in themselves; and we must not altogether forget their origin even in their perversion. – The Dagger of Wings

There is truth in every ancient fable, and there is here even something of it in the fancy that finds the symbol of the Republic in the bird that bore the bolts of Jove. – What I Saw in America

The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people. – Illustrated London News

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