The impertinence and satire oozing from this epigram is a not-so-subtle glimpse into the career and life of the writer behind it. Hilaire Belloc was one of the most prolific British authors of his time – he wrote in every genre except drama – and was fiercely passionate about all of his political and religious views. Many of those views were controversial and unpopular in his own day; for instance, he stridently opposed British Imperialism in its heyday and favored a return to a single European Catholic monarchy à la the Middle Ages. Some are considered flatly unacceptable and outdated today. As a result, Belloc is mostly remembered for his witty poetry and a series of popular books of satirical children’s verse. You can access and download one of those books, Cautionary Tales For Children, complete with its delightful illustrations, for free from the Gutenberg project – click here! Photo collage and composition by me.