Talk:Hilaire Belloc

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Wikiquote no longer allows unsourced quotations, and they are in process of being removed from our pages (see Wikiquote:Limits on quotations); but if you can provide a reliable, precise and verifiable source for any quote on this list please move it to Hilaire Belloc. --Antiquary 18:30, 11 August 2009 (UTC)

  • Be at the pains of putting down every single item of expenditure whatsoever every day which could possibly be twisted into a professional expense and remember to lump in all the doubtfulls.
  • Every major question in history is a religious question. It has more effect in molding life than nationalism or a common language.
  • I am writing a book about the Crusades so dull that I can scarcely write it.
  • Just as there is nothing between the admirable omelet and the intolerable, so with autobiography.
  • First, I tell them what I am going to tell them, then I tell them, then I tell them what I told them.

Source for The Catholic Sun[edit]

Expanding on the issues Antiquary has raised, I would like to know if anyone has a firm source for The Catholic Sun. The poem is one of the most widely quoted of Belloc's works, but as here in Wikiquote, there is no real source with a date and a page number.

I am particularly suspicious of the provenance of the poem since there is a poem in Belloc's 1902 The Path to Rome, (Wikisource, accessed 17 May 2016)

But Catholic men that live upon wine
Are deep in the water, and frank, and fine;
Wherever I travel I find it so,
Benedicamus Domino.

which is similar in both form and content to the poem we now know as The Catholic Sun. I can easily imagine the poem from The Path to Rome morphing into The Catholic Sun. Does anyone know the exact origin of this popular poem? --JohnGHissong (talk) 21:25, 17 May 2016 (UTC)