Hilaire Belloc Quotes

It is sometimes necessary to lie damnably in the interest of the country.

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.