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Graham Greene
October 2, 1904 - April 3, 1991
Nationality: British
Category: Journalist
Subcategory: British Journalist

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.


We are all of us resigned to death: it's life we aren't resigned to.


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.


The world is not black and white. More like black and grey.


When we are not sure, we are alive.


I have often noticed that a bribe has that effect - it changes a relation. The man who offers a bribe gives away a little of his own importance; the bribe once accepted, he becomes the inferior, like a man who has paid for a woman.


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


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


A movie is not a book. If the source material is a book, you cannot be too respectful of the book. All you owe to the book is the spirit.


The economy of a novelist is a little like that of a careful housewife who is unwilling to throw away anything that might perhaps serve its turn.


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


No human being can really understand another, and no one can arrange another's happiness.


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.


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.


Failure too is a form of death.


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.


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


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


A solitary laugh is often a laugh of superiority.


The world doesn't make any heroes anymore.


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