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John Buchan Quotes and Sayings

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

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

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

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

 

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

Prayer opens the heart to God, and it is the means by which the soul,
though empty, is filled by God.
- John Buchan

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

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

The best prayers have often more groans than words.
- John Buchan

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

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

Without humility there can be no humanity.
- John Buchan

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

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

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.
- John Buchan

Without adventure civilization is in full decay.
- Alfred North Whitehead

Civilization had too many rules for me,
so I did my best to rewrite them.
- Bill Cosby

We've arranged a civilization in which most crucial
elements profoundly depend on science and technology.
- Carl Sagan

When humor goes, there goes civilization.
- Erma Bombeck

We will create a civilization of the Mind in Cyberspace.
May it be more humane and fair than the world your
governments have made before.
- John Perry Barlow

Civilization as it is known today could not have evolved,
nor can it survive, without an adequate food supply.
- Norman Borlaug

To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

Civilization is unbearable, but it is less unbearable at the top.
- Timothy Leary

To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to
feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization.
- George Orwell

The family is the nucleus of civilization.
- Will Durant

You can't say civilization don't advance...
in every war they kill you in a new way.
- Will Rogers

Inventor: A person who makes an ingenious arrangement of wheels,
levers and springs, and believes it civilization.
- Ambrose Bierce

What do I think of Western civilization?
I think it would be a very good idea.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I have thought a sufficient measure of civilization
is the influence of good women.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I do not believe that civilization will be wiped out
in a war fought with the atomic bomb.
Perhaps two-thirds of the people of the earth will be killed.
- Albert Einstein

It is not possible for civilization to
flow backwards while there is youth in the world.
Youth may be headstrong,
but it will advance its allotted length.
- Helen Keller

The end of the human race will be that
it will eventually die of civilization.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Civilization advances by extending the number of important
operations which we can perform without thinking of them.
- Alfred North Whitehead

Civilization is a movement and not a condition,
a voyage and not a harbor.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

Civilization is not a spontaneous generation with any
race or nation known to history,
but the torch to be handed down from race to race from age to age.
- Kelly Millar

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free,
in a state of civilization,
it expects what never was and never will be.
- Thomas Jefferson

If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the
science of human relationships -
the ability of all peoples,
of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

This is the reality of nuclear weapons:
they may trigger a world war;
a war which,
unlike previous ones, destroys all of civilization.
- Joseph Rotblat

The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds
and institutions which were invaluable at first,
and deadly afterwards.
- Walter Bagehot

The true law of the race is progress and development.
Whenever civilization pauses in the march of conquest,
it is overthrown by the barbarian.
- William Gilmore Simms

This freedom of political discussion on the highest
level is something which Western civilization has in
common with that of classical antiquity,
but with no other.
- Christopher Dawson

Western civilization, unfortunately,
does not link knowledge and morality but rather,
it connects knowledge and power and makes them equivalent.
- Vine Deloria, Jr.

Civilization and profit go hand in hand.
- Calvin Coolidge

I consider that there are different degrees of civilization
and there are many different ways of expressing it.
But one is civilized or is not.
- Flora Lewis

Today, human civilization is drowning in a sea of lies.
- L. Neil Smith

The vast upheaval of the World War set in motion forces
that will either destroy civilization or raise mankind
to undreamed of heights of human welfare and prosperity.
- Arthur Henderson

The mother art is architecture.
Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

The city is the nerve center of our civilization.
It is also the storm center.
- Josiah Strong

A German immersed in any civilization different from
his own loses a weight equivalent in volume to the
amount of intelligence he displaces.
- Jose Bergamin

Civilization exists precisely so that there may be
no masses but rather men alert enough never to constitute masses.
- Georges Bernanos

The next war...
may well bury Western civilization forever.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

We will never have true civilization until we have
learned to recognize the rights of others.
- Will Rogers

Classes struggle, some classes triumph,
others are eliminated.
Such is history; such is the history of civilization for thousands of years.
- Mao Zedong

We believe that civilization has been created under
the pressure of the exigencies of life at the cost
of satisfaction of the instincts.
- Sigmund Freud

The writer in western civilization has become not a voice of his tribe,
but of his individuality.
This is a very narrow-minded situation.
- Aharon Appelfeld

A great civilization is not conquered from without
until it has destroyed itself from within.
- Ariel Durant

The new meaning of soul is creativity and mysticism.
These will become the foundation of the new psychological
type and with him or her will come the new civilization.
- Otto Rank

If men do not now succeed in abolishing war,
civilization and mankind are doomed.
- Ludwig von Mises

Right now, there's the illusion of order and civilization,
but there's a tremendous amount of economic tension
in this country and the educational system is constantly eroding.
- Kathryn Bigelow

Next to the striking of fire and the discovery of the wheel,
the greatest triumph of what we call civilization was
the domestication of the human male.
- Max Lerner

All over the world the wildlife that I write about is in grave danger.
It is being exterminated by what we call the progress of civilization.
- Gerald Durrell

The two World Wars came in part, like much modern literature and art,
because men, whose nature is to tire of everything in turn...
tired of common sense and civilization.
- F. L. Lucas

A civilization is built on what is required of men,
not on that which is provided for them.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

In our rich consumers' civilization we spin cocoons
around ourselves and get possessed by our possessions.
- Max Lerner

If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality
of altruism that men have to reject.
- Ayn Rand

The destiny of world civilization depends upon providing
a decent standard of living for all mankind.
- Norman Borlaug

I think governments are the cancer of civilization.
- Chuck D. *q

Human civilization is not something achieved against nature;
it is rather the outcome of the working of the innate qualities of man.
- Ludwig von Mises

We may get to the point where the only way of saving
the world will be for industrial civilization to collapse.
- Maurice Strong

Government has never increased the standard of living
of one single human being in civilization's history.
For some reason that simple truth has evaded everybody.
- Steve Wynn

It will take a long time, and certainly the West will
remain the dominant civilization well into the next century,
but the decline is occurring.
- Samuel P. Huntington


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