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Hilaire Belloc Quotes


Joseph Hilaire Pierre René Belloc was an Anglo-French writer and historian who became a naturalised British subject in 1902.
(1870 - 1953)

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A microbe is so very small You cannot make him out at all.
[Animals]
 

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.
 

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.
 

Every major question in history is a religious question. It has more effect in molding life than nationalism or a common language.
 

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.
 

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.
 

I'm tired of love; I'm still more tired of rhyme; but money gives me pleasure all the time.
 

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 sometimes necessary to lie damnably in the interests of the nation.
 

It is the best of all trades to make songs, and the second best to sing them.
[Music]
 

Just as there is nothing between the admirable omelette and the intolerable, so with autobiography.
[Writers And Writing]
 

Loss and possession, death and life are one, There falls no shadow where there shines no sun.
 

Money gives me pleasure all the time.
 

Of all fatiguing, futile, empty trades, the worst, I suppose, is writing about writing.
 

Oh! Let us never, never doubt What nobody is sure about.
[Literature]
 

Oh, my friends, be warned by me, That breakfast, dinner, lunch and tea, Are all human frame requires.
 


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