"People who make history know nothing about history. You can see that in the sort of history they make."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."Gilbert K. Chesterton on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."Gilbert K. Chesterton on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."Gilbert K. Chesterton on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."Gilbert K. Chesterton on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."Gilbert K. Chesterton on Thomas Jefferson
"Once I planned to write a book of poems entirely about the things in my pocket. But I found it would be too long and the age of the great epics is past."
"All conservatism is based upon the idea that if you leave things alone you leave them as they are. But you do not. If you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change."
"Man does not live by soap alone and hygiene, or even health, is not much good unless you can take a healthy view of it or, better still, feel a healthy indifference to it."
"There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds."
"All architecture is great architecture after sunset perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks."