Hilaire Belloc

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1870 – 1953

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Who was Hilaire Belloc?

Joseph Hilaire Pierre René Belloc was an Anglo-French writer and historian who became a naturalised British subject in 1902, but kept his French citizenship. He was one of the most prolific writers in England during the early twentieth century. He was known as a writer, orator, poet, sailor, satirist, man of letters, soldier and political activist. He is most notable for his Catholic faith, which had a strong impact on his works, and his writing collaboration with G. K. Chesterton. He was President of the Oxford Union and later MP for Salford from 1906 to 1910. He was a noted disputant, with a number of long-running feuds, but also widely regarded as a humane and sympathetic man.

His most lasting legacy is probably his verse, which encompasses comic verses for children and religious poetry. Among his best-remembered poems are from his humorous Cautionary Tales for Children, including "Jim, who ran away from his nurse, and was eaten by a lion" and "Matilda, who told lies and was burnt to death".

Famous Quotes:

  • 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.
  • Just as there is nothing between the admirable omelet and the intolerable, so with autobiography.
  • 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.
  • It is the best of all trades, to make songs, and the second best to sing them.
  • 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]
  • Remote and ineffectual don.
  • When I am dead, I hope it may be said: His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.
  • Is there no Latin word for Tea? Upon my soul, if I had known that I would have let the vulgar stuff alone.
  • 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.

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Born
Jul 27, 1870
La Celle-Saint-Cloud
Also known as
  • Joseph Hilaire Peter Belloc
Siblings
Spouses
Religion
  • Catholicism
Nationality
  • England
  • United Kingdom
  • France
Profession
Education
  • Balliol College
  • University of Oxford
  • The Oratory School
Lived in
  • Paris
Died
Jul 16, 1953
Guildford

Submitted
on July 23, 2013