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

There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.


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.


Nobody thinks in terms of human beings. Governments don't, why should we? They talk about people and the proletariat; I talk about the suckers and the mugs. It's the same thing.


He felt the loyalty we feel to unhappiness - the sense that is where we really belong.


A murderer is regarded by the conventional world as something almost monstrous, but a murderer to himself is only an ordinary man. It is only if the murderer is a good man that he can be regarded as monstrous.


Reality in our century is not something to be faced.


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.


Success is more dangerous than failure, the ripples break over a wider coastline.


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.


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


They are always saying God loves us. If that's love I'd rather have a bit of kindness.


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


People talk about the courage of condemned men walking to the place of execution: sometimes it needs as much courage to walk with any kind of bearing towards another person's habitual misery.


The moment comes when a character does or says something you hadn't thought about. At that moment he's alive and you leave it to him.


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?


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


God created a number of possibilities in case some of his prototypes failed - that is the meaning of evolution.


Heresy is another word for freedom of thought.


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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