Thrift is the really romantic thing; economy is more romantic than extravagance... thrift is poetic because it is creative; waste is unpoetic because it is waste... if a man could undertake to make use of all the things in his dustbin, he would be a broader genius than Shakespeare.
What's Wrong with the World, Part Three: Feminism, or The Mistake About Woman – Chapter 4: "The Romance of Thrift" (1910).
An enormous amount of modern ingenuity is expended on finding defences for the indefensible conduct of the powerful. As I have said above, these defences generally exhibit themselves most emphatically in the form of appeals to physical science. And of all the forms in which science, or pseudo-science, has come to the rescue of the rich and stupid, there is none so singular as the singular invention of the theory of races.Gilbert Keith Chesterton
What though they come with scroll and pen, And grave as a shaven clerk, By this sign you shall know them, That they ruin and make dark.Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Now there is any amount of this nonsense cropping up among American cranks. Anybody may propose to establish coercive Eugenics; or enforce psychoanalysis that is, enforce confession without absolution.Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Perhaps we are both doing what we think right. But what we think right is so damned different that there can be nothing between us in the way of concession. There is nothing possible between us but honour and death.Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Either criticism is no good at all (a very defensible position) or else criticism means saying about an author the very things that would have made him jump out of his boots.Gilbert Keith Chesterton
We ought to see far enough into a hypocrite to see even his sincerity.Gilbert Keith Chesterton