The Path to Rome By Hilaire Belloc


































































 -  For he mixes up
unanswerable things with false conclusions, he is perpetually letting
the cat out of the bag and - Page 10
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For He Mixes Up Unanswerable Things With False Conclusions, He Is Perpetually Letting The Cat Out Of The Bag And Exposing Our Tricks, Putting A Colour To Our Actions, Disturbing Us With Our Own Memory, Indecently Revealing Corners Of The Soul.

He is like those men who say one unpleasant and rude thing about a friend, and then take refuge

From their disloyal and false action by pleading that this single accusation is true; and it is perhaps for this abominable logicality of his and for his malicious cunning that I chiefly hate him: and since he himself evidently hated the human race, he must not complain if he is hated in return.

Take, for instance, this phrase that set me writing, _'Ce nest que le premier pas qui coute'_. It is false. Much after a beginning is difficult, as everybody knows who has crossed the sea, and as for the first _step_ a man never so much as remembers it; if there is difficulty it is in the whole launching of a thing, in the first ten pages of a book, or the first half-hour of listening to a sermon, or the first mile of a walk. The first step is undertaken lightly, pleasantly, and with your soul in the sky; it is the five-hundredth that counts. But I know, and you know, and he knew (worse luck) that he was saying a thorny and catching thing when he made up that phrase. It worries one of set purpose.

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