Hilaire Belloc

(Joseph Hilaire Pierre René Belloc)

Hilaire Belloc
Hilaire Belloc
  • Born: July 27, 1870
  • Died: July 16, 1953
  • Nationality: English
  • Profession: Poet









Joseph Hilaire Pierre René Belloc was an Anglo-French writer and historian. He was one of the most prolific writers in England during the early twentieth century. He was known as a writer, orator, poet, sailor, satirist, man of letters, soldier and political activist. His Catholic faith had a strong impact on his works. He was President of the Oxford Union and later MP for Salford from 1906 to 1910. He was a noted disputant, with a number of long-running feuds, but also widely regarded as a humane and sympathetic man. Belloc became a naturalised British subject in 1902, while retaining his French citizenship.

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[Referring to Africans:] Whatever happens, we have got the Maxim Gun, and they have not. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
Every major question in history is a religious question. It has more effect in molding life than nationalism or a common language. Life ;History ;Religion & God
I am a Catholic ... If you reject my on account of my religion, I shall thank God that he has spared me the indignity of being your representative. Discrimination & Prejudice
I am a Catholic. As far as possible I go to Mass every day. As far as possible I kneel down and tell these beads every day. If you reject me on account of my religion, I shall thank God that he has spared me the indignity of being your representative. Voters, Voting & Elections
It is sometimes necessary to lie damnably in the interest of the country. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
It is wise to keep the mass of people in ignorance of disaster that may be immediately repaired, or of follies or even vices in government which may be repressed before they become dangerous. Secrecy & Transparency
Some say . . . that a mixture of racial types produced in him a perpetual physical disturbance: his face was certainly distorted and ill-balanced Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The pleasure politicians take in their limelight pleases me with a sort of pleasure I get when I see a child's eyes gleam over a new toy. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
The whole art of a political speech is to put nothing into it. It is much more difficult than it sounds. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
They died to save their country, and they only saved the world. Miscellaneous
All men have an instinct for conflict: at least, all healthy men.
An institute run with such knavish imbecility that if it were not the work of God it would not last a fortnight. Religion & God ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Any subject can be made interesting, and therefore any subject can be made boring.
Be content to remember that those who can make omelettes properly can do nothing else.
Child! Do not throw this book about; refrain from the unholy pleasure of cutting all the pictures out.
From quiet homes and first beginning, out to the undiscovered ends, there's nothing worth the wear of winning, but laughter and the love of friends. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I am writing a book about the Crusades so dull that I can scarcely write it.
I have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment. Life ;Travel
I'm tired of love; I'm still more tired of rhyme; but money gives me pleasure all the time. Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Money, Coins & Minting
Is there no Latin word for Tea? Upon my soul, if I had known that I would have let the vulgar stuff alone.
It is the best of all trades, to make songs, and the second best to sing them.
Just as there is nothing between the admirable omelet and the intolerable, so with autobiography.
Loss and possession, death and life are one, There falls no shadow where there shines no sun. Life ;Death ;Sympathy
Money gives me pleasure all the time. Time ;Money, Coins & Minting
Of all fatiguing, futile, empty trades, the worst, I suppose, is writing about writing.
Oh, my friends, be warned by me, That breakfast, dinner, lunch and tea, Are all human frame requires.
Statistics are the triumph of the quantitative method, and the quantitative method is the victory of sterility and death. Death
The grace of God is courtesy. Religion & God
The microbe is so very small: You cannot take him out at all.
The moment a man talks to his fellows he begins to lie.
When friendship disappears then there is a space left open to that awful loneliness of the outside world which is like the cold space between the planets. It is an air in which men perish utterly. Friendship
When I am dead, I hope it may be said: His sins were scarlet, but his books were read. Hope