Gilbert Keith Chesterton(1874-1936) was a British writer and journalist converted to Catholicism and defender of traditionalism.
Chesterton write from a perspective Christian: for him, the Christianity it's like the key that allows you to open the lock of the mystery of life, because it makes fit the different pieces. The dogmas they are not a cage, but they mark a path to the truth and the fullness.
In fact, we all have dogmas, more or less unconscious, which is another of his recurring theses. Their arguments are never theological, but based on the reason, experience and history, and in defense of good sense.
Famous phrases of G. K. Chesterton
"Dead things can be dragged by the current, only something alive can go against the current."
“The place where children are born and men die, where freedom and love flourish, is not an office or a trade or a factory. There is where I see the importance of the family."
"Those who speak against the family do not know what they do, because they do not know what they undo."
"The modern world is full of men who hold dogmas with such firmness, that they don't even realize that they are dogmas."
"If you fail to develop all your intelligence, you always have the option to become a politician."
"Drink because you are happy, but never because you are unhappy."
“The right thing is the right thing, even if nobody does it. What is wrong is wrong, even if everyone is wrong about it. ”
"Since the dawn of man all nations have had government, and all have been ashamed of their governments."
"Silence is the sharpest reply."
"The church is not the assembly of the pure, but the hospital of sinners."
"Mediocrity, possibly, is to stand before greatness and not realize."
“The bad thing that men have stopped believing in God is not that they no longer believe in anything, but that they are willing to believe in everything.”
"Optimist is the one who looks you in the eye, pessimistic, the one who looks at your feet."
"If there were no God there would be no atheists."
"A liberal could be roughly defined as a man who, if he could silence all those who deceive humanity forever just by moving his hand in a dark room, would not move it."
“Are you a demon? I'm a man. And therefore I have all the demons within me. ”
"Democracy means government for those who have no education, and aristocracy means government for the poorly educated."
“Our parents did not talk about psychology; They talked about a knowledge of Human Nature. But they had it and we didn't. They knew instinctively everything that we have ignored with the help of information. Because it is precisely the first facts of human nature that humanity now ignores. ”
"Humility is such a practical virtue that men figure that it must be a vice."
"The characteristic of communism is that it reforms the pickpocket by prohibiting pockets."
"Entering the world of action is entering the world of limits."
“To want action is to want a limitation. In this sense every act is a sacrifice. By choosing one thing we necessarily reject some others. ”
"Fairy tales surpass reality not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us they can be defeated."