Wisdom from G.K. Chesterton


Here are some of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite authors, G.K. Chesterton:

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

“Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.”

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

“Religious liberty might be supposed to mean that everybody is free to discuss religion. In practice it means that hardly anybody is allowed to mention it.”

“No man who worships education has got the best out of education… Without a gentle contempt for education no man’s education is complete.”

“We do not need to get good laws to restrain bad people. We need to get good people to restrain us from bad laws.”


I particularly like that last one.


Yeah, I like that one, too! I love Chesterton.


I can’t remember whether this is from G.K. Chesterton or not - Mike, maybe you can - it was something that Ravi Zacharias quoted; it had to do how we have done many things to such degrees as to nullify their purpose. I only remember the last one - it was, “We have educated ourselves into imbecility.”


That was Malcolm Muggeridge. (Another favorite writer of mine!)

*"…it has become abundantly clear in the second half of the twentieth century that Western Man has decided to abolish himself. Having wearied of the struggle to be himself, he has created his own boredom out of his own affluence, his own impotence out of his own erotomania, his own vulnerability out of his own strength; himself blowing the trumpet that brings the walls of his own city tumbling down, and, in a process of auto-genocide, convincing himself that he is too numerous, and labouring accordingly with pill and scalpel and syringe to make himself fewer in order to be an easier prey for his enemies; until at last, having educated himself into imbecility, and polluted and drugged himself into stupefaction, he keels over a weary, battered old brontosaurus and becomes extinct.”
*- Malcolm Muggeridge, Seeing Through the Eye: Malcolm Muggeridge on Faith (p. 16)


Oh, yeah - Ravi Zacharias frequently quotes Malcom Muggeridge, too.