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7 Humorous quotes from Catholic writer G.K. Chesterton

G.K. Chesterton funny quotes

John Touhey | Aleteia

Cerith Gardiner - published on 05/28/24

To mark the 150-year anniversary of the writer's birth, here are just a few of his best witticisms.

May 29 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Gilbert Keith Chesterton, born on this day in 1874. Better known as G.K. Chesterton, the devout English Catholic was a prolific writer, philosopher, lay theologian, and literary and art critic. Known for his wit, wisdom, and ability to craft insightful and thought-provoking prose, Chesterton wrote on a wide array of subjects, from theology and apologetics to mystery novels and literary criticism.

The Englishman’s most famous works include the Father Brown detective series and the Christian apologetic work Orthodoxy. Chesterton’s unique style, marked by paradoxes and humor, continues to resonate with readers today, making his writings both timeless and relevant.

Chesterton also remains popular 150 years after his birth because he addresses universal themes such as faith, reason, and the human condition with a blend of humor and profound insight.

Therefore, to celebrate this special anniversary, here are seven of his humorous quotes that demonstrate his wit and charm, but also his ability to provoke thought and reflection.

Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.”

This quote reflects Chesterton’s playful take on humility and joy, suggesting that a light-hearted approach to life is a source of freedom.`

I’ve searched all the parks in all the cities and found no statues of committees.”

With this quip, Chesterton humorously critiques bureaucracy while celebrating individual achievement and creativity.

The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.”

A classic Chestertonian observation that uses humor to point out the everyday subjects often overlooked by serious writers.

An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.”

This quote showcases Chesterton’s optimistic outlook and his belief in finding joy and excitement in the unexpected twists of life.

The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.”

Here, Chesterton combines humor with a deeper reflection on the challenges of human relationships and the universal call to love. It’s something many of us may still struggle with today.

To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.”

With his sharp wit, Chesterton draws attention to the ethical considerations behind our actions, beyond mere legality.

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.”

This witty statement encapsulates Chesterton’s views on the necessity of boundaries and discernment in both art and life.

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