My two fingers on a typewriter have never connected with my brain. My hand on a pen does. A fountain pen, of course. Ball-point pens are only good for filling out forms on a plane.

— Graham Greene

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Hate is a lack of imagination.

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Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.

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Our worst enemies here are not the ignorant and simple, however cruel;

our worst enemies are the intelligent and corrupt

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Graham Greene quote Heresy is another word for freedom of th

Heresy is another word for freedom of thought.

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Innocence always calls mutely for protection when we would be so much wiser to guard ourselves against it: innocence is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell, wandering the world, meaning no harm.

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Innocence is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell, wandering the world, meaning no harm.

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The great advantage of being a writer is that you can spy on people.

You're there, listening to every word, but part of you is observing. Everything is useful to a writer, you see - every scrap, even the longest and most boring of luncheon parties.

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A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.

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The sense of unhappiness is so much easier to convey than that of happiness.

In misery we seem aware of our own existence, even though it may be in the form of a monstrous egotism: this pain of mine is individual, this nerve that winces belongs to me and to no other. But happiness annihilates us: we lose our identity.

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A single feat of daring can alter the whole conception of what is possible.

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Sweet are the thoughts that savor of content: the quiet mind is richer than a crown.

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People who like quotes love meaningless generalizations

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In human relationships, kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths.

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About Graham Greene

Quotes 274 sayings
Nationality British
Profession Playwright
Birthday October 16

You cannot conceive, nor can I, of the appalling strangeness of the mercy of God.

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Insecurity twists meanings and poisons trust.

In a closely beleaguered city every sentry is a potential traitor.

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It's a strange thing to discover and to believe that you are loved when you know that there is nothing in you for anybody but a parent or a God to love.

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The truth has never been of any real value to any human being - it is a symbol for mathematicians and philosophers to pursue. In human relations kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths.

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Morality comes with the sad wisdom of age, when the sense of curiosity has withered.

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Against the beautiful and the clever and the successful, one can wage a pitiless war, but not against the unattractive: then the millstone weighs on the breast.

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When we are not sure, we are alive.

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In the end there is no desire so deep as the simple desire for companionship.

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Of two hearts one is always warm and one is always cold: the cold heart is more precious than diamonds: the warm heart has no value and is thrown away.

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Champagne, if you are seeking the truth, is better than a lie detector.

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Champagne, if you are seeking the truth, is better than a lie detector.

It encourages a man to be expansive, even reckless, while lie detectors are only a challenge to tell lies successfully.

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It is impossible to go through life without trust: that is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself.

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You don't bless what you love...It's when you want to love and you can't manage it. You stretch out your hands and you say God forgive me that I can't love but bless this thing anyway...We have to bless what we hate...It would be better to love, but that's not always possible.

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It is one of the strange discoveries a man can make that life, however you lead it, contains moments of exhilaration; there are always comparisons which can be made with worse times: even in danger and misery the pendulum swings.

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At one with the One, it didn't mean a thing besides a glass of Guinness on a sunny day.

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One can't love humanity. One can only love people.

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A petty reason perhaps why novelists more and more try to keep a distance from journalists is that novelists are trying to write the truth and journalists are trying to write fiction.

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He entered the territory of lies without a passport for return.

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Media is just a word that has come to mean bad journalism.

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Despair is the price one pays for setting oneself an impossible aim.

It is, one is told, the unforgivable sin, but it is a sin the corrupt or evil man never practices. He always has hope. He never reaches the freezing-point of knowing absolute failure. Only the man of goodwill carries always in his heart this capacity for damnation.

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Point me out the happy man and I will point you out either egotism, selfishness, evil --or else an absolute ignorance.

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As long as nothing happens anything is possible.

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Eternity is said not to be an extension of time but an absence of time, and sometimes it seemed to me that her abandonment touched that strange mathematical point of endlessness, a point with no width, occupying no space.

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Politics, war, marriage, crime, adultery.

Everything that exists in the world has something to do with money.

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As the end of the what is called the 'sexual life' the only love which has lasted is the love which has everything, every disappointment, every failure and every betrayal, which has accepted even the sad fact that in the end there is no desire so deep as the simple desire for companionship.

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One never knows enough about characters in real life to put them into novels.

One gets started and then, suddenly, one can not remember what toothpaste they use; what are their views on interior decoration, and one is stuck utterly. No, major characters emerge; minor ones may be photographed.

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If you have abandoned one faith, do not abandon all faith.

There is always an alternative to the faith we lose. Or is it the same faith under another mask?

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I can't talk you in terms of time --your time and my time are different

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So it always is: when you escape to a desert the silence shouts in your ear.

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Sentimentality--that's what we call the sentiment we don't share.

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Unhappiness in a child accumulates because he sees no end to the dark tunnel.

The thirteen weeks of a term might just as well be thirteen years.

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We can love with our minds, but can we love only with our minds? Love extends itself all the time, so that we can love even with our senseless nails: we love even with our clothes, so that a sleeve can feel a sleeve.

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I had to touch you with my hands, I had to taste you with my tongue; one can't love and do nothing.

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Pity is cruel. Pity destroys.

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Thrillers are like life, more like life than you are.

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He couldn't tell that this was one of those occasions a man never forgets: a small cicatrice had been made on the memory, a wound that would ache whenever certain things combined - the taste of gin at mid-day, the smell of flowers under a balcony, the clang of corrugated iron, an ugly bird flopping from perch to perch.

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The hands of the guilty don't necessarily tremble;

only in stories does a dropped glass betray agitation. Tension is more often shown in the studied action.

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