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Hilaire Belloc Quotes


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Physicians of the Utmost Fame were called at once, but when they came they answered, as they took their fees, 'There is no cure for this disease.'
 

Statistics are the triumph of the quantitative method, and the quantitative method is the victory of sterility and death.
 

The grace of God is courtesy.
 

The llama is a woolly sort of fleecy hairy goat, with an indolent expression and an undulating throat like an unsuccessful literary man.
[Literature]
 

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.
 

The worst sort of hypocrite and liar is the man who lies to himself in order to feel at ease.
[Hypocrisy]
 

There's nothing worth the wear of winning but laughter, and the love of friends.
[Friendship]
 

We sit by and watch the barbarian. We tolerate him in the long stretches of peace, we are not afraid. We are tickled by his irreverence; his comic inversion of our old certitudes and our fixed creed refreshes us; we laugh. But as we laugh we are watched by large and awful faces from beyond, and on these faces there are no smiles.
[Civilization]
 

We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.
 

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.
 

When I am dead, I hope it may be said: 'His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.'
[Writers And Writing]
 


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