Literary Birthday - 29 May - G.K. Chesterton

G.K. Chesterton was born 29 May 1874, and died 14 June 1936


  1. Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.
  2. The difference between the poet and the mathematician is that the poet tries to get his head into the heavens while the mathematician tries to get the heavens into his head.
  3. The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.
  4. Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
  5. The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion.
  6. There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect.
  7. To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.
  8. A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
  9. People wonder why the novel is the most popular form of literature; people wonder why it is read more than books of science or books of metaphysics. The reason is very simple; it is merely that the novel is more true than they are.
  10. There’s a lot of difference between listening and hearing.
  11. The artistic temperament is a disease that afflicts amateurs.
  12. The aim of good prose words is to mean what they say. The aim of good poetical words is to mean what they do not say.

Chesterton was an English writer. He wrote philosophy, poetry, plays, journalism, public lectures and debates, literary and art criticism, biography, Christian apologetics, and fiction, including the fantasy and detective genres. 

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