19+ quotes from The 39 Steps by John Buchan

Quotes from The 39 Steps

John Buchan ·  100 pages

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“I believe everything out of the common. The only thing to distrust is the normal.”
― John Buchan, quote from The 39 Steps


“It struck me that Albania was the sort of place that might keep a man from yawning.”
― John Buchan, quote from The 39 Steps


“A fool tries to look different: a clever man looks the same and is different.”
― John Buchan, quote from The 39 Steps


“I am an ordinary sort of fellow, not braver than other people, but I hate to see a good man downed, and that long knife would not be the end of Scudder if I could play the game in his place.”
― John Buchan, quote from The 39 Steps


“It was a soft breathless June morning, with a promise of sultriness later...”
― John Buchan, quote from The 39 Steps


“The men who knew that he knew what he knew had found him”
― John Buchan, quote from The 39 Steps


“By God!' he whispered, drawing his breath in sharply, 'it is all pure Rider Haggard and Conan Doyle.”
― John Buchan, quote from The 39 Steps


“My thoughts hovered over all varieties of mortal edible, and finally settled on a porterhouse steak and a quart of bitter with a welsh rabbit to follow. In longing hopelessly for these dainties I fell asleep.”
― John Buchan, quote from The 39 Steps


“If you’re going to be killed you invent some kind of flag and country to fight for, and if you survive you get to love the thing”
― John Buchan, quote from The 39 Steps


“All this was very loose guessing, and I don't pretend it was ingenious or scientific. I wasn't any kind of Sherlock Holmes. But I have always fancied I had a kind of instinct about questions like this. I don't know if I can explain myself, but I used to use my brains as far as they went, and after they came to a blank wall I guessed, and I usually found my guesses pretty right.”
― John Buchan, quote from The 39 Steps


“I had a fine prospect of the whole ring of moorland. I saw the car speed away with two occupants, and a man on a hill pony riding east. I judged they were looking for me, and I wished them joy of their quest.”
― John Buchan, quote from The 39 Steps


“About six in the evening I came out of the moorland to a white ribbon of road which wound up the narrow vale of a lowland stream. As I followed it, fields gave place to bent, the glen became a plateau, and presently I had reached a kind of pass where a solitary house smoked in the twilight. The road swung over a bridge, and leaning on the parapet was a young man. He was smoking a long clay pipe and studying the water with spectacled eyes. In his left hand was a small book with a finger marking the place. Slowly he repeated— As when a Gryphon through the wilderness With winged step, o'er hill and moory dale Pursues the Arimaspian. He jumped round as my step rung on the keystone, and I saw a pleasant sunburnt boyish face. 'Good evening to you,' he said gravely. 'It's a fine night for the road.' The smell of peat smoke and of some savoury roast floated to me from the house.”
― John Buchan, quote from The 39 Steps


“(Thirty-nine steps)' was the phrase; and at its last time of use it ran—'(Thirty-nine steps, I counted them—high tide 10.17 p.m.)'. I could make nothing of that.”
― John Buchan, quote from The 39 Steps


“I skumringen kom mannen hennes tilbake fra heiene. Det var en mager kjempe som tok ett skritt der andre dødelige trengte tre.”
― John Buchan, quote from The 39 Steps


“Beklager så meget , sa han. Jeg er ikke helt meg selv i kveld. Saken er nemlig den at jeg er død i dette øyeblikk.”
― John Buchan, quote from The 39 Steps


“A little thing, lasting only a second, and the odds were a thousand to one that I might have had my eyes on my cards at the time and missed it. But I didn't, and, in a flash, the air seemed to clear. Some shadow lifted from my brain, and I was looking at the three men with full and absolute recognition.”
― John Buchan, quote from The 39 Steps


“Capital, he said, had no conscience and no fatherland.”
― John Buchan, quote from The 39 Steps


“Ariadne, as I discovered from the cap of one of”
― John Buchan, quote from The 39 Steps


“Pardon,' he said, 'I'm a bit rattled tonight. You see, I happen at this moment to be dead.”
― John Buchan, quote from The 39 Steps


About the author

John Buchan
Born place: in Perth, Scotland
Born date August 26, 1875
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