“THE attitude on the war, the personal love of his sovereign, both belonged to a social and political philosophy that Gilbert was slowly working out. One side of it found expression in The Napoleon of Notting Hill: the poetry of limitations, the belief in small nations and strict boundaries. Patriotism appeared to him not akin to Imperialism but its very opposite. The patriot loves his own country, the imperialist wants to swallow other countries. He opposed in the Boer War the imperialism of England and was entirely logical in opposing in the first world war the imperialism of Germany. He was never a pacifist but always an anti-imperialist patriot.”
~Maisie Ward: Return to Chesterton, pp. 54-55.