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.Rate it:
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]Rate it:
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.Rate it:
I shoot the Hippopotamus with bullets made of platinum, because if I use the leaden one his hide is sure to flatten em.Rate it:
I'm tired of Love I'm still more tired of Rhyme. But Money gives me pleasure all the time.Rate it:
I'm tired of love; I'm still more tired of rhyme; but money gives me pleasure all the time.Rate it:
Is there no Latin word for Tea? Upon my soul, if I had known that I would have let the vulgar stuff alone.Rate it:
It is the best of all trades, to make songs, and the second best to sing them.Rate it:
Just as there is nothing between the admirable omelet and the intolerable, so with autobiography.Rate it:
Remote and ineffectual don.Rate it:
The moment a man talks to his fellows he begins to lie.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
When I am dead, I hope it is said, 'His sins were scarlet, but his books were read'.Rate it:
When I am dead, I hope it may be said: His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.Rate it:

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