John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir Quotes

We had our pride shattered, and without humility there can be no humanity.

John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir

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

John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir

The Augustan constitution remains one of the major products of the human intelligence. It was a whole into which the parts fitted smoothly, but both whole and parts were elastic and capable of swift adaptation to unforeseen conditions. It was elaborate, but that was necessary, both because of its origin and its purpose.

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

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

John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir

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

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

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

John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir

To-day we have fewer dogmas, but I think that we have stronger principles. By a dogma I mean a deduction from facts which is only valid under certain conditions, and which becomes untrue if those conditions change. By a principle I mean something that is an eternal and universal truth.

John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir

A great storm destroys much that is precious, but it may also clear the air and blow down trees which might have been obscuring the view and making our life stuffy, and reveal in our estate possibilities of development that we had not thought of.

John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir

The law and the constitution are like a child's pants. They've got to be made wider and longer as the child grows so as to fit him. If they're kept too tight, he'll burst them; and if you're in a hurry and make them too big all at once, they'll trip him up.

John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir

Truth's like a dollar-piece, it's got two sides, and both are wanted to make it good currency.

John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir

Every wife is like Mary the Blessed and may bear a saviour of mankind. The road is long, but the ways of Heaven are sure.

John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir

We none of us know our ancestors beyond a little way. We all of us may have kings' blood in our veins.

John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir

We look for romance in the well-cultivated garden-plots, and when it springs out of virgin soil we are surprised, though any fool might know it was the natural place for it.

John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir

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.

John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir

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