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Chesterton, Gilbert Keith (G. K. Chesterton)

Born: 1874 AD
Died: 1936 AD, at 62 years of age.

Nationality: Unknown
Categories: Critics, Essayists, Novelists, Poets


English author, critic, journalist, and mystery novelist


created character Father Brown


wrote novels "The Napoleon of Notting Hill" 1904, "The Innocence of Father Brown" 1911


Page last updated: 3:04am, 25th Jul '06

  • "Merely having an open mind is nothing. The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid."
  • "Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated."
  • "The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost."
  • "The only words that ever satisfied me as describing Nature are the terms used in fairy books, charm, spell, enchantment. They express the arbitrariness of the fact and its mystery."
  • "Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die."