We have all heard of him and we have all read quotes from his works but too many of us have never read any of his works. His name is G.K. Chesterton and he was one of the most prolific, thoughtful and engaging writers and thinkers of his time.

The Quotable Chesterton: The Wit and Wisdom of G.K. Chesterton by Kevin Belmonte is a topical and alphabetical compilation of many of Chesterton’s best and most famous quotes from most of his works written between 1900-1914.

Each of the over 850 quotes is cited to the original work so readers can go back and read more if a certain quote peaks their interest.

To wet your appetite a little for Chesterton I have selected a few quotes for you to read:

Academia – Though the academic authorities are actually proud of conducting everything by means of examinations, they seldom indulge in what religious people used to describe as Self-Examination. The consequence is that the modern State has educated its citizens in a series of ephemeral fads (p. 1).

Culture – How many excellent thinkers have pointed out that political reform is useless until we produce a cultured populace (p. 52).

Heretics –  You hold that your heretics and sceptics have helped the world forward and handed on a lamp of progress. I deny it. Nothing is plainer from real history than that each of your heretics invented a complete cosmos of his own which the next heretic smashed entirely to pieces (p. 107).

Orthodoxy – One searches for truth, but it may be that one pursues instinctively the more extraordinary truths (p. 196).

Truth –  When a man really tells the truth, the truth he tells is that he is himself a liar (p. 261).

Worldview – A cosmic philosophy in not constructed to fit a man;  a cosmic philosophy is constructed to fit a cosmos.  A man can no more possess a private religion than he can possess a private sun and moon (p. 282).

I hope these samplings have sparked your desire to buy the Quotable Chesterton and maybe even purchase one of his many classic works.