Hilaire Belloc

English author (born in France) remembered especially for his verse for children (1870-1953)

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All men have an instinct for conflict at least, all healthy men.
For no one, in our long decline,So dusty, spiteful and divided,Had quite such pleasant friends as mine,Or loved them half as much as I did. [stanza 3]The library was most inviting:The books upon the crowded shelvesWere mainly of our private writing:We kept a school and taught ourselves. [stanza 15]From quiet homes and first beginning,Out to the undiscovered ends,Theres nothing worth the wear of winning,But laughter and the love of friends. [stanza 22]You do retain the song we set,And how it rises, trips and scans?You keep the sacred memory yet,Republicans? Republicans?[stanza 36]
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 shoot the Hippopotamus with bullets made of platinum, because if I use the leaden one his hide is sure to flatten em.
I'm tired of Love I'm still more tired of Rhyme. But Money gives me pleasure all the time.
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 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.
Remote and ineffectual don.
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.
When I am dead, I hope it is said, 'His sins were scarlet, but his books were read'.
When I am dead, I hope it may be said: His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.

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