On Nothing & Kindred Subjects

Hilaire BELLOC (1870 - 1953)

“I knew a man once, Maurice, who was at Oxford for three years, and after that went down with no degree. At College, while his friends were seeking for Truth in funny brown German Philosophies, Sham Religions, stinking bottles and identical equations, he was lying on his back in Eynsham meadows thinking of Nothing, and got the Truth by this parallel road of his much more quickly than did they by theirs; for the asses are still seeking, mildly disputing, and, in a cultivated manner, following the gleam, so that they have become in their Donnish middleage a nuisance and a pest; while he--that other--with the Truth very fast and firm at the end of a leather thong is dragging her sliding, whining and crouching on her four feet, dragging her reluctant through the world, even into the broad daylight where Truth most hates to be.”
- Hilaire Belloc

Genre(s): Essays & Short Works

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Section 01 Letter to Maurice Ray Clare
00:15:17
Play 01 Section 02 On the Pleasure of Taking up One's Pen Ray Clare
00:08:35
Play 02 Section 03 On Getting Respected in Inns and Hotels Ray Clare
00:11:26
Play 03 Section 04 On Ignorance Ray Clare
00:10:33
Play 04 Section 05 On Advertisement Ray Clare
00:09:30
Play 05 Section 06 On a House Ray Clare
00:13:05
Play 06 Section 07 On the Ilness of my Muse Ray Clare
00:08:02
Play 07 Section 08 On a Dog and a Man Also Ray Clare
00:11:37
Play 08 Section 09 On Tea Ray Clare
00:06:47
Play 09 Section 10 On Them Ray Clare
00:07:05
Play 10 Section 11 On Railways and Things Ray Clare
00:16:36
Play 11 Section 12 On Conversations in Trains Ray Clare
00:11:37
Play 12 Section 13 On the Return of the Dead Ray Clare
00:13:43
Play 13 Section 14 On the Approach of an Awful Doom Ray Clare
00:10:17
Play 14 Section 15 On a Rich Man Who Suffered Ray Clare
00:13:08
Play 15 Section 16 On the Child Who Died Ray Clare
00:13:49
Play 16 Section 17 On a Lost Manuscript Ray Clare
00:09:43
Play 17 Section 18 On a Man Who was Protected by Another Man Ray Clare
00:11:55
Play 18 Section 19 On National Debts Ray Clare
00:12:24
Play 19 Section 20 On Lords Ray Clare
00:10:15
Play 20 Section 21 On Jingoes In the Shape of a Warning Being Ray Clare
00:14:24
Play 21 Section 22 On a Winged Horse and the Exile Who Rode Him Ray Clare
00:12:34
Play 22 Section 23 On a Man and His Burden Ray Clare
00:11:02
Play 23 Section 24 On a Fisherman and the Quest of Peace Ray Clare
00:10:56
Play 24 Section 25 On a Hermit Whom I Knew Ray Clare
00:14:04
Play 25 Section 26 On an Unknown Country Ray Clare
00:11:55
Play 26 Section 27 On a Faery Castle Ray Clare
00:10:02
Play 27 Section 28 On a Southern Harbour Ray Clare
00:10:09
Play 28 Section 29 On a Young Man and an Older Man Ray Clare
00:12:26
Play 29 Section 30 On the Departure of a Guest Ray Clare
00:08:08
Play 30 Section 31 On Death Ray Clare
00:10:49
Play 31 Section 32 On Coming go an End Ray Clare
00:11:38