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John Buchan Quotes





'What would you call the highest happiness?' Wratislaw was asked. 'The sense of competence,' was the answer, given without hesitation.
 

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

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

Education is the only cure for certain diseases the modern world has engendered, but if you don't find the disease, the remedy is superfluous.
[Education]
 

Every man at the bottom of his heart believes that he is a born detective.
 

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

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

Prayer opens the heart to God, and it is the means by which the soul, though empty, is filled by God.
[Prayer]
 

The best prayers have often more groans than words.
 

The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.
 

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

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

The true definition of a snob is one who craves for what separates men rather than for what unites them.
 

There may be Peace without Joy, and Joy without Peace, but the two combined make Happiness.
 

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

We can pay our debt to the past by putting the future in debt to ourselves.
[The Future]
 

We can pay our debts to the past by putting the future in debt to ourselves.
 

Without humility there can be no humanity.
 

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.