• The world was arrogant and self-satisfied, but behind all this confidence there was an uneasy sense of impending disaster. The old creeds, both religious and political, were largely in the process of dissolution, but we did not realise the fact, and therefore did not look for new foundations.

    "A University's Bequest to Yout". John Buchan's speech in Toronto (October 10, 1936), as quoted in John Buchan "Canadian Occasions", 1940.