"The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Gilbert K. Chesterton on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Gilbert K. Chesterton on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."Gilbert K. Chesterton on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Gilbert K. Chesterton on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Gilbert K. Chesterton on Robert Frost
"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."