He disliked emotion, not because he felt lightly, but because he felt deeply.

— John Buchan

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I believe that all wisdom consists in caring immensely for a few right things, and not caring a straw about the rest.

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That is the supreme value of history. The study of it is the best guarantee against repeating it.

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You think that a wall as solid as the earth separates civilization from barbarism. I tell you the division is a thread, a sheet of glass. A touch here, a push there, and you bring back the reign of Saturn.

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The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.

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Without humility there can be no humanity.

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An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support.

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There may be peace without joy, and joy without peace, but the two combined make happiness.

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And where the deepest current crawls/ Like thistledown the dainty fly falls.

/ Then from the depths a silver gleam/ Quick flashes, like a jewel bright./ Up through the waters of the stream/ An instant visible to sight/ As lightning cleaves to sombre sky/ A rainbow rises to the fly.

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The robe of flesh wears thin, and with the years God shines through all things.

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You may hear people say that submarines have done away with the battleship, and that aircraft have annulled the mastery of the sea. That is what our pessimists say. But do you imagine that the clumsy submarine or the fragile aeroplane is really the last word of science?

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I believe that every man has in his soul a passion for treasure-hunting, which will often drive a coward into prodigies of valour.

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I would have been content with any job however thankless, in any quarter however remote, if I had a chance of making a corner of the desert blossom and the solitary place glad.

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Civilization is a conspiracy. Modern life is the silent compact of comfortable folk to keep up pretences.

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About John Buchan

Quotes 53 sayings
Nationality Scottish
Profession Politician
Birthday October 16

Peace is that state in which fear of any kind is unknown.

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It struck me that Albania was the sort of place that might keep a man from yawning.

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To live for a time close to great minds is the best kind of education.

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Wise men never grow up; indeed, they grow younger, for they lose the appalling worldly wisdom of youth.

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He who would valiant be against all disaster;

let him in constancy follow the Master. There's no discouragement shall make him once relent; his first avowed intent to be a pilgrim.

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The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.

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You see only the productions of second-rate folk who are in a hurry to get wealth and fame. The true knowledge, the deadly knowledge, is still kept secret. But, believe me, my friend, it is there.

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The vows we take in the holy place bind us till we are purged of them at Inanda's Kraal. Till then no blood must be shed and no flesh eaten. It was the fashion of our forefathers.

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But some love not the method of your first;

Romance they count it, throw't away as dust; If I should meet with such, what should I say; Must I slight them as they slight me, or nay

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I wondered whether the scientific modern brain could not get to the stage of realising that Space is not an empty homogeneous medium, but full of intricate differences, intelligible and real, though not with our common reality.

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It was foreordained that I should go alone to Umvelos', and in the promptings of my own infallible heart I believed I saw the workings of Omnipotence. Such is our moral arrogance, and yet without such a belief I think that mankind would have ever been content to bide sluggishly at home.

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Any large-scale organization must lose some of the merits of its rudimentary beginnings. Quantity will have a coarsening effect on quality.

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History gives us a kind of chart, and we dare not surrender even a small rushlight in the darkness. The hasty reformer who does not remember the past will find himself condemned to repeat it.

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The book trade is a spiritual barometer of a nations well-being.

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The Church of Christ is an anvil which has worn out many hammers.

Our opponents may boast of their strength, but they do not realize what they have challenged.

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Pessimism is the one ism which kills the soul.

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The sea has formed the English character and the essential England is to be found in those who follow it. From blue waters they have learned mercifulness, and they have also learned - in the grimmest of schools - precision and resolution. The sea endures no makeshifts. If a thing is not exactly right it will be vastly wrong.

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Our sufferings have taught us that no nation is sufficient unto itself, and that our prosperity depends in the long run, not upon the failures of our neighbors but their successes.

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The world was arrogant and self-satisfied, but behind all this confidence there was an uneasy sense of impending disaster. The old creeds, both religious and political, were largely in the process of dissolution, but we did not realise the fact, and therefore did not look for new foundations.

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In our modern world we have seen inaugurated the reign of a dull bourgeois rationalism, which finds some inadequate reason for all things in heaven and earth and makes a god of its own infallibility.

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If those extra-social brains are so potent, why after all do they effect so little? A dull police-officer, with the machine behind him, can afford to laugh at most experiments in anarchy.

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I once played the chief part in a rather exciting business without ever once budging from London . And the joke of it was that the man who went out to look for adventure only saw a bit of the game, and I who sat in my chambers saw it all and pulled the strings. 'They also serve who only stand and wait,' you know.

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It would scarcely be destruction," he replied gently.

"Let us call it iconoclasm, the swallowing of formulas, which has always had its full retinue of idealists. And you do not want a Napoleon . All that is needed is direction, which could be given by men of far lower gifts than a Bonaparte. In a word, you want a Power-House, and then the age of miracles will begin.

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Most true points are fine points. There never was a dispute between mortals where both sides hadn't a bit of right.

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Bethink you of the blessedness. Every wife is like the Mother of God and has the hope of bearing a saviour of mankind.

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A fool tries to look different: a clever man looks the same and is different.

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Fortunately for mankind the brain in a life of action turns more to the matter in hand than to conjuring up the chances of the future.

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What would you call the highest happiness? Wratislaw was ask.

The sense of competence, was the answer, given without hesitation.

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I believe everything out of the common. The only thing to distrust is the normal.

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Civilisation is a conspiracy.

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[W]ithout humour you cannot run a sweetie-shop, let alone a nation.

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I was a peaceful sedentary man, a lover of a quiet life, with no appetite for perils and commotions. But I was beginning to realise that I was very obstinate.

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I am an ordinary sort of fellow, not braver than other people, but I hate to see a good man downed, and that long knife would not be the end of Scudder if I could play the game in his place.

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London is like the tropical bush -- if you don't exercise constant care the jungle, in the shape of the slums, will break in.

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Civilisation needs more than the law to hold it together.

You see, all mankind are not equally willing to accept as divine justice what is called human law.

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Leadership is only courage and wisdom, and a great carefulness of self.

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To see what is right and not to do it is cowardice.

It is never a question of who is right but what is right.

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