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On Anything

Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953)

1. 01 - On Building Castles in Spain
2. 02 - On Clay
3. 03 - On No Book
4. 04 - On Irony
5. 05 - On the Simplicity of Words
6. 06 - On Secluded Places
7. 07 - On People in Books
8. 08 - On the Effect of Time
9. 09 - On a Poet
10. 10 - On a Phrophet
11. 11 - On Believing
12. 12 - On the Air of the Dordogne
13. 13 - On the Sites of the Revolution
14. 14 - On a Secret Letter
15. 15 - On the Shadows
16. 16 - On the Canvasser
17. 17 - On the Abstracted Man
18. 18 - On the Method of History
19. 19 - On History in Travel
20. 20 - On the Traveller
21. 21 - On Milton
22. 22 - On Hans Christian Anderson
23. 23 - On the Christmas of 1808
24. 24 - On Communications
25. 25 - On Astarte
26. 26 - On the Hungry Student
27. 27 - On the Brigand of Radicofani
28. 28 - On the Honest Man and the Devil
29. 29 - On Compiegne
30. 30 - On the Candour of Maturity
31. 31 - On the Fog
32. 32 - On the Spaniard
33. 33 - On the Fortress
34. 34 - On the Hunter
35. 35 - On Our Inheritance
36. 36 - On the New Road
37. 37 - On Two Towns
38. 38 - On the Judgment of Robespierre

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Summary

"Long before I knew that the speech of men was misused by them and that they lied in the hearing of the gods perpetually in those early days through which all men have passed, during which one believes what one is told, an old and crusty woman of great wealth, to whom I was describing what I intended to do with life (which in those days seemed to me of infinite duration), said to me, ( You are building castles in Spain.' I was too much in awe of this woman not on account of the wealth, but on account of the crust to go further into the matter, but it seemed to me a very foolish thing to say, for I had never been to Spain, and I had nothing wherewith to build a castle and indeed such a project had never passed through my head.” -- Hilaire Belloc