John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir Quotes

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.

John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir

You don't know old Charles as I know him. He's got into a queer set, and there's no knowing what mischief he's up to. He's perfectly capable of starting a revolution in Armenia or somewhere merely to see how it feels like to be a revolutionary. That's the damned thing about the artistic temperament.

John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir

This crowded world of Space was perfectly real to him. How he had got to it I do not know. Perhaps his mind, dwelling constantly on the problem, had unsealed some atrophied cell and restored the old instinct. Anyhow, he was living his daily life with a foot in each world.

John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir

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.

John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir

I mind as if it were yesterday my first sight of the man. Little I knew at the time how big the moment was with destiny, or how often that face seen in the fitful moonlight would haunt my sleep and disturb my waking hours.

John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir

Time, they say, must the best of us capture, And travel and battle and gems and gold No more can kindle the ancient rapture, For even the youngest of hearts grows old.

John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir

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

John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir

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

John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir

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

John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir

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