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Wise Gilbert K. Chesterton Quotes

May you find great value in these quotes by Gilbert K. Chesterton.

The traveler sees what he sees,
the tourist sees what he has come to see.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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How you think when you lose
determines how long it will be until you win.
- Gilbert (G. K.) Chesterton

Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly.
- Gilbert (G. K.) Chesterton

To have a right to do a thing
is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.
- Gilbert (G. K.) Chesterton


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The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.
- Gilbert (G. K.) Chesterton

The most astonishing thing about miracles is that they happen.
- Gilbert (G. K.) Chesterton

And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down.
Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

 

There is a road from the eye to heart
that does not go through the intellect.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

We make our friends; we make our enemies;
but God makes our next-door neighbor.
- Gilbert (G. K.) Chesterton

Marriage is an adventure, like going to war.
- Gilbert (G. K.) Chesterton

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

Generally speaking, a howling wilderness does not howl:
it is the imagination of the traveler that does the howling.
- Henry David Thoreau

No good comes from hurrying.
- Yiddish Proverb

You have enemies? Good.
That means you've stood up for something,
sometime in your life.
- Winston Churchill

Write your Sad times in Sand,
Write your Good times in Stone.
- George Bernard Shaw

The River of Life has no meaning,
no good, no bad, no better, no worse,
no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

There is more value in a very good painting
that is completed and on display,
than in an excellent painting
that is still in the artist's studio,
or perhaps still in his mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

An ounce of conscious choice is worth a pound of good fortune.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When I do good, I feel good.
When I do bad, I feel bad.
That's my religion.
- Abraham Lincoln

A true friend is someone who
thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that
you are slightly cracked.
- Bernard Meltzer

Far from idleness being the root of all evil,
it is rather the only true good.
- Soren Kierkegaard

A good example is the best sermon.
- Benjamin Franklin

There is nothing either good or bad,
but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

If I am not for myself,
who will be for me?
Yet if I am for myself alone,
of what good am I?
- Hillel

It is not enough to have a good mind,
the main thing is to use it well.
- Rene Descartes

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

The wicked leader is he who the people despise.
The good leader is he who the people revere.
The great leader is he who the people say, "We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

If an opinion contrary to your own makes you angry,
that is a sign that you are subconsciously aware
of having no good reason for thinking as you do.
- Bertrand Russell

A good question is never answered.
It is not a bolt to be tightened into place
but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed
toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.
- John Ciardi

Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care
for people will hear them and be influenced
by them for good or ill.
- The Buddha

No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
- Abraham Lincoln

Good things come in small packages.
- old proverb

Many a man fails as an original thinker
simply because his memory is too good.
- Nietzsche

A good head and a good heart
are always a formidable combination.
- Nelson Mandela

It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

I am not interested in power for power's sake,
but I'm interested in power that is moral,
that is right and that is good.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

However carefully we plan our future,
we are always climbing the steps to nowhere.
While it is important to our happiness
that we have an intent for our lives,
it is equally crucial to accept in advance
that we truly have no idea how our lives will turn out -
and that is good.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

About morals: I know only that
what is moral is what you feel good after
and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.
- Ernest Hemingway

Often, we get stuck on a question
for which we can't find an acceptable answer.
That is a good time to consider asking a different question.
Every question is based on some assumptions -
usually invisible assumptions that we don't see, unless we go looking.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor
to be what you desire to appear.
- Socrates

Do not be too moral.
You may cheat yourself out of much life.
So aim above morality.
Be not simply good;
be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

In spite of everything, I still believe
that people are really good at heart.
I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation
consisting of confusion, misery and death.
- Anne Frank

Good humor is the health of the soul,
sadness is its poison.
- Lord Chesterfield

There is a good ear, in some men,
that draws supplies to virtue
out of very indifferent nutriment.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When one has the feeling of dislike for evil,
when one feels tranquil,
one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings;
when one has these feelings and appreciates them,
one is free of fear.
- The Buddha

Bad times have a scientific value.
These are occasions a good learner would not miss.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone
who can do him absolutely no good.
- Samuel Johnson

Good things happen to those who hustle.
- Anais Nin

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression
and cruelty by the bad people
but the silence over that by the good people.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Necessity never made a good bargain.
- Benjamin Franklin

Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Not life, but good life,
is to be chiefly valued.
- Socrates

I believe that every human mind feels pleasure
in doing good to another.
- Thomas Jefferson

Teamwork is so important that it is virtually impossible for you
to reach the heights of your capabilities
or make the money that you want
without becoming very good at it.
- Brian Tracy

If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it.
It is much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.
- Grace Hopper

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news.
The good news is that you don't know how great you can be!
How much you can love!
What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!
- Anne Frank

Whatever you are, be a good one.
- Abraham Lincoln

Play to win, but be a good loser.
Have a plan for your life,
but accept whatever comes your way
with grace and gratitude.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Good morning!" he said at last.
"We don't want any adventures here, thank you!
You might try over The Hill or across The Water."
- J. R. R. Tolkien

Be careful not to do your good deeds
when there's no one watching you.
- Tom Lehrer

I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything,
I still believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank

Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves
to recognize how good things really are.
- Marianne Williamson

He who can no longer pause to wonder
and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead;
his eyes are closed.
- Albert Einstein

Be not merely good; be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

The bad news is time flies.
The good news is you're the pilot.
- Michael Althsuler

If being good isn't working - try being outrageous.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Great and good are seldom the same man.
- Winston Churchill

Of all that is good, sublimity is supreme.
Succeeding is the coming together of all that is beautiful.
Furtherance is the agreement of all that is just.
Perseverance is the foundation of all actions.
- Lao Tzu

The only good luck many great men ever had was
being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
- Channing Pollock


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