Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

John Buchan, Baron Tweedsmuir

English Author

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

"A positive thing; in Joy one does not only feel secure, but something goes out from one’s self to the universe, a warm, possessive effluence of love. "

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

"As we age, the mystery of Time more and more dominates the mind. We live less in the present, which no longer has the solidity that it had in youth; less in the future, for the future every day narrows its span. The abiding things lie in the past. "

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

"Peace is that state in which fear of any kind is unknown. But Joy is a positive thing; in Joy... something goes out from oneself to the universe, a warm, possessive effluence of love. There may be Peace without Joy, and Joy without Peace, but the two combined make happiness. "

"Religion is born when we accept the ultimate frustration of mere human effort, and at the same time realize the strength which comes from union with superhuman reality. "

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

"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."

"Without humility there can be no humanity."

"The best prayers have often more groans than words. "

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

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

"Without humility there can be no humanity. "

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

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