Hilaire Belloc 27 July 1870 – 16 July 1953

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It is sometimes necessary to lie damnably in the interests of the nation.
Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953), British author. Letter, December 12, 1917, to G.K. Chesterton. Quoted in Robert Speaight, Life of Hilaire Belloc (1957). Belloc was a zealous propagandist during World War I....

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My father, who had a keen ironic sense of humor, read Belloc to me in the mid fifties, and I can still recite some of the poems, which are very much a part of my mental landscape. I used The Microbe, with its moral (Oh let us never, never doubt, what nobody is sure about) in a couple of essays on excessive reliance on the science du jour as the ultimate guide to behavior.
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