Hilaire Belloc, fully Joseph Hilaire Pierre René Belloc

Belloc, fully Joseph Hilaire Pierre René Belloc

Anglo-French Writer and Historian who became a naturalized British subject, President of the Oxford Union and MP for Salford

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Nothing is worthwhile on this unhappy earth except the fulfilment of a man's desire.

Professional politics is a trade in which the sly outweigh the wise.

The accursed power which stands on Privilege (And goes with Women, and Champagne and Bridge) Broke ? and Democracy resumed her reign: (Which goes with Bridge, and Women and Champagne).

The issue was between two forces. On the one hand was the instinct which we all have within us, that Europe is Catholic, must live as Catholic, or must die; that in the anarchic religious rebellion was peril of death to our art, our culture, to that from which they proceed, our religious vision. On the other had arisen an intense, fierce, increasing hatred against the Mass, the Blessed Sacrament, the whole transcendental scheme; a hatred such that all who felt it were, in spite of a myriad differences, in common alliance. That hatred fed upon an original popular indignation against the corruption of the clergy, and especially against their financial claims. But the hatred was far older than any such late medieval trouble; it was as old as the presence of the Catholic Church in this world.

The restoration of property would be a complicated, arduous and presumably a lengthy business; the transformation of a Capitalist Society into a Communist one needs nothing but the extension of existing conditions.

Then let us love one another and laugh. Time passes, and we shall soon laugh no longer?and meanwhile common living is a burden, and earnest men are in siege upon us all around. Let us suffer absurdities, for this is only to suffer one another.

Upon being asked by a Reader whether the verses contained in this book were true. And is it True? It is not True. And if it were it wouldn?t do, For people such as me and you Who pretty nearly all day long Are doing something rather wrong. Because if things were really so, You would have perished long ago, And I would not have lived to write The noble lines that meet your sight, Nor B. T. B. survived to draw The nicest things you ever saw. H. B.

When you have lost your inns, drown your empty selves, for you will have lost the last of England.

Now the Faith is old and the Devil is bold, exceedingly bold indeed; and the masses of doubt that are floating about would smother a mortal creed. But we that sit in a sturdy youth, and still can drink strong ale, Oh?let us put it away to infallible truth, that always shall prevail. [semi-chorus:] And thank the Lord for the temporal sword, and howling heretics too; and all good things our Christendom brings, but especially barley brew!

Protest against Industrial Capitalism from one aspect or another is universal: so was the protest against the condition of European religion at the beginning of the sixteenth century.

The Barbarian hopes ? and that is the very mark of him ? that he can have his cake and eat it too. He will consume what civilization has slowly produced after generations of selection and effort but he will not be at the pains to replace such goods nor indeed has he a comprehension of the virtue that has brought them into being. Discipline seems to him irrational, on which account he is forever marveling that civilization should have offended him with priests and soldiers.

The larger the unit of capital present, the easier the transaction called emission of credit. Centralized lending of this kind (which is today universal) actively promotes the absorption of the small man by the great, the reduction of small property owners to a proletarian condition.

The Rich arrived in pairs and also in Rolls Royces; they talked of their affairs in loud and strident voices... The Poor arrived in Fords, whose features they resembled; they laughed to see so many Lords and Ladies all assembled. The People in Between looked underdone and harassed, and out of place and mean, and Horribly embarrassed.

There are few greater temptations on earth than to stay permanently at Oxford in meditation, and to read all the books in the Bodlean.

We cannot make owners by merely giving men something to own. And, I repeat, whether there be sufficient desire for property left upon which we can work, only experience can decide.

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

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

Put you hand before your eyes and remember, you that have walked, the places from which you have walked away, and the wilderness into which you manfully turned the steps of your abandonment ... It is your business to leave all that you have know altogether behind you, and no man has eyes at the back of his head - go forward.

The Big Baboon is found upon the plains of Cariboo: He goes about with nothing on (A shocking thing to do). But if he dressed respectably and let his whiskers grow, how like this Big Baboon would be to Mister So-and-so!

The larger unit can borrow more easily in proportion than the smaller. It can especially tap bank credit more easily and bank credit is, to-day, the chief factor in economic activity of all kinds.

The Science of Economics does not deal with true happiness nor even with well-being in material things. It deals with a strictly limited field of what is called "Economic Wealth," and if it goes outside its own boundaries it goes wrong.

There is already something like a Jewish monopoly in high finance... here is the same element of Jewish monopoly in the silver trade, and in the control of various other metals, notably lead, nickel, quicksilver. What is most disquieting of all, this tendency to monopoly is spreading like a disease.

We may not say to the poor: "You have a right to fight the rich merely because they are rich and in order to make yourselves less poor." We may say: "You have a right to fight to prevent the conditions of your life becoming inhuman," but we may not say, "You have a right to fight merely because you desire to have more and your opponent to have less."

Wherever the Industrial system has reached its second generation it is threatened by two mortal perils. The first is the demand by an organized proletariat for sustenance without relation to the product of its labor; a demand which threatens the very existence of PROFIT (on the necessary presumption of which Capitalism reposes). The second, and immediately graver danger is that of a revolt for the confiscation of the means of production.

Of courtesy it is much less than courage of heart or holiness yet in my walks it seems to me that the Grace of God is in courtesy.

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Anglo-French Writer and Historian who became a naturalized British subject, President of the Oxford Union and MP for Salford