Posts tagged ‘G.K. Chesterton’



Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.

G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy (1909)

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Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.

G. K. Chesterton, Illustrated London News (1928)


finding familiar things

What affects men sharply about a foreign nation is not so much finding or not finding familiar things; it is rather not finding them in the familiar place.

G. K. Chesterton, Generally Speaking, “On Flags” (1928)


set foot

The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.

G. K. Chesterton, “The Riddle of the Ivy,” Tremendous Trifles (1909).


more than true

Fairy tales are more than true — not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.

Neil Gaiman, Coraline (2004)
modified from G. K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles, XVII: “The Red Angel” (1909)

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