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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Hilaire Belloc on poetry, hope, books, force, education, friends, writing, humor, communism, God, joy and travel.

30 Top Hilaire Belloc Quotes To Live By

Quick Facts

Famous As: Writer

Born On: July 27, 1870

Died On: July 16, 1953

Born In: La Celle-Saint-Cloud, France

Died At Age: 82

Joseph Hilaire Pierre Rene Belloc was an Anglo-French author, poet, political activist, soldier and satirist. Belloc arrived in England as a child and after completing his school education, he served in the military. Later on, he studied history at Balliol College at Oxford University and Belloc claimed that his time at Balliol had a profound effect on him. Belloc had also been the President of the Oxford Union, the famed debating society during his days at the university and after he became a citizen of Britain, he went into politics. He was a member of the Liberal Party and went on to serve as the representative of Salford South during his time as a Member of Parliament. On the other hand he was a prolific writer of his era, who revelled in poetry, essays and travel writing pieces. Some of his well-known works as a writer include ‘The Path to Rome’, ‘The Four Men: a Farrago’, ‘The Servile State’ and his most successful work ‘Cautionary Tales for Children’ among others. Belloc was a remarkably multi-faceted man. We bring to you a treasure trove of quotes that have been excerpted from his poems, books, speeches and writings. Read on to explore a compilation of some of the best known quotes by Hilaire Belloc, covering various aspects of life. The quotes would surely leave a lasting impression on your mind and leave you inspired.
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When I am dead, I hope it may be said: "His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.

Hilaire Belloc

Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine, There’s always laughter and good red wine. At least I’ve always found it so. Benedicamus Domino!

Hilaire Belloc

When I am dead, I hope it may be said, 'His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.

Hilaire Belloc

I have wandered all my life, and I have traveled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.

Hilaire Belloc

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.

Hilaire Belloc

The Church is a perpetually defeated thing that always outlives her conquerers.

Hilaire Belloc

Whatever happens, we have got The Maxim gun, and they have not.

Hilaire Belloc

The control of the production of wealth is the control of human life itself.

Hilaire Belloc

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.

Hilaire Belloc

The Llama is a woolly sort of fleecy hairy goat, with an indolent expression and an undulating throat; like an unsuccessful literary man.

Hilaire Belloc

Oh, you should never, never doubt what nobody is sure about.

Hilaire Belloc

Write as the wind blows and command all words like an army!

Hilaire Belloc

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.

Hilaire Belloc

If we are to be happy, decent and secure of our souls: drink some kind of fermented liquor with one's food; go on the water from time to time; dance on occasions, and sing in a chorus...

Hilaire Belloc

These are the advantages of travel, that one meets so many men whom one would otherwise never meet, and that one feeds as it were upon the complexity of mankind

Hilaire Belloc

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

Hilaire Belloc

For I know that we laughers have a gross cousinship with the most high, and it is this contrast and perpetual quarrel which feeds a spring of merriment in the soul of a sane man.

Hilaire Belloc

Do not, I beseech you, be troubled about the increase of forces already in dissolution. You have mistaken the hour of the night; it is already morning.

Hilaire Belloc

A strong Protectionist, believes In everything but Heaven. For entertainment, dines, receives, Unmarried, 57.

Hilaire Belloc

The prospect of refreshment at the charges of another is an opportunity never to be neglected by men of clear commercial judgment.

Hilaire Belloc

Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine, there’s always laughter and good red wine.

Hilaire Belloc

Pale Ebenezer thought it wrong to fight, But Roaring Bill (who killed him) thought it right.

Hilaire Belloc

Life is a veil, its paths are dark and rough Only because we do not know enough When Science has discovered something more We shall be happier than we were before.

Hilaire Belloc

When they married and gave in marriage They danced at the County Ball And some of them kept a carriage And the flood destroyed them all.

Hilaire Belloc

The accursed power which stands on privilege( and goes with women, champagne and bridge) Broke - and democracy resumed her reign ( which goes with bridge and women and champagne.

Hilaire Belloc

If we do not restore the Institution of Property we cannot escape restoring the Institution of Slavery; there is no third course.

Hilaire Belloc

He served his god so faithfully and well That now he sees him face to face in hell.

Hilaire Belloc

What is needed is a form of tax which not only spares the small man at the expense of his wealthier rival, but actually subsidizes the small man where subsidy is necessary.

Hilaire Belloc

… that exasperating quality for which we have no name, which certainly is not accuracy, and which is quite the opposite of judgement, yet which catches the mind as brambles do our clothes.

Hilaire Belloc