Quotes by G.K. Chesterton

"The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him."

"Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese."

"Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity."

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed."

"I am not absentminded. It is the presence of mind that makes me unaware of everything else."

Books by G.K. Chesterton

  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • 832 ratings
  • February 1993 by Everyman's Library

    (first published November 26th 1859)

  • The Flying Inn
  • 735 ratings
  • December 10th 2001 by Dover Publications

    (first published 1914)

G.K. Chesterton
  • G.K. Chesterton

  • Date of birth: May 29, 1874
  • Died: June 14, 1936
  • Born: in Kensington, London, England.

  • Description: Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was born in London, educated at St. Paul’s, and went to art school at University College London. In 1900, he was asked to contribute a few magazine articles on art criticism, and went on to become one of the most prolific writers of all time. He wrote a hundred books, contributions to 200 more, hundreds of poems, including the epic Ballad of the White Horse, five plays, five novels, and some two hundred short stories, including a popular series featuring the priest-detective, Father Brown. In spite of his literary accomplishments, he considered himself primarily a journalist. He wrote over 4000 newspaper essays, including 30 years worth of weekly columns for the Illustrated London News, and 13 years of weekly columns for the Daily News. He also edited his own newspaper, G.K.’s Weekly.

    Chesterton was equally at ease with literary and social criticism, history, politics, economics, philosophy, and theology.