I’m looking for the source for two quotes

And I’m hoping somebody out there can help me.

The first is this from Winston Churchill:

Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement; then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him out to the public.”

The second is from Hilaire Belloc, wherein he remarks that the Catholic Church is “an institute run with such knavish imbecility that if it were not the work of God it would not last a fortnight.”.

I need the cites in the following format: Author, Title (City of Publication: Publisher, Date), Page number.  I’ve looked but can’t find anything.  Does anybody out there know where these quotes come from?  Thanks!

UPDATE:  Mission accomplished!  Thanks, troops!

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  • Kate Cousino

    I use Google Books to source quotes. The first quote can be found on page 49 in Churchill by Himself: The Definitive Collection of Quotations, edited by Richard M. Langworth, who cites a speech given on November 2, 1949 in London. His source is the Cambridge Churchill Archives Centre.


  • David L. Hurd

    Fr. Altier uses the Belloc quote. Does anyone have contact for him ?


  • Kate Cousino

    The Belloc quote is harder; it’s used frequently by Catholic writers, but not cited!

  • Pavel Chichikov

    Belloc’s idea was the basis for the first tale of Boccaccio’s Decameron. About six hundred years previous to him.

    A Christian tries to convert a Jewish friend. The friend decides to see Rome before making a final decision. At that point the Christian gives up all hope of converting his friend. But the Jew comes back and says that if the Church is holy enough to survive that collection of thieves and knaves he’s ready for baptism.

  • An Aaron, not The Aaron

    The only thing I can find is Robert Speaight’s Life of Hilaire Belloc. I think this address will take you to the page (page 383): http://archive.org/stream/lifeofhilairebel009626mbp#page/n399/mode/2up/search/383

    It seems to be something Belloc said, not something he wrote. Good luck.

  • Mark S. (not for Shea)

    Pavel is correct. That quote is Boccaccio, not Belloc.

    • chezami

      No. It’s Belloc. And I found the reference.

      • Mark S. (not for Shea)

        Well then, Belloc must’ve been quoting Boccaccio. Good artists borrow. Great artists steal. 🙂

        • Obpoet

          Amateurs plagerize. Professionals steal. TS Eliot

          • Mark S. (not for Shea)

            “With just enough of learning to misquote.” (Byron)

      • Anders

        What is the citation?

  • Alias Clio

    The quotation is Belloc, but the sentiment has been previously expressed by many a friend (and mere acquaintance) of the Church. Indeed, who could help expressing such sentiments from time to time?