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Graham Greene (1904 – 1991)


Prolific English novelist, playwright, short story writer, travel writer and critic whose works explore the ambivalent moral and political issues of the modern world.
Graham Greene
God...created a number of possibilities in case some of his prototypes failed — that is the meaning of evolution.
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A major character has to come somehow out of the unconscious.
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We do not choose our concerns.




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The trouble is I don't believe my unbelief.
Greene Graham
[Rose, taken out for the evening by Pinkie] She had an immense store of trivial memories and when she wasn't living in the future she was living in the past. As for the present – she got through that as quickly as she could, running away from things, running towards things, so that her voice was always a little breathless, her heart pounding at an escape or an expectation.
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What right had I to value her less than the bodies in the square? Suffering is not increased by numbers; one body can contain all the suffering the world can feel. I had judged like a journalist, in terms of quantity, and I had betrayed my own principles; I had become as engage as Pyle, and it seemed to me that no decision would ever be simple again.
Graham Greene
The old lady knelt, saying her 'Hail Mary'; She didn't believe — but among Catholics even the sceptical are courteous.
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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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People don't like reality, they don't like common sense, until age forces it on them.
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There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.
Graham Greene
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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Simplicity belonged by right to those who were native-born, those who could take the conditions of life, however bizarre, for granted.
Graham Greene
[Cubitt hurling insults at Pinky after he refuses to lend him money] The picture Cubitt drew had got nothing to do with him: it was like the pictures men drew of Christ, the image of their own sentimentality. ...He was like a professor describing to a stranger some place he had only read in books:...when all the time it was a country the stranger knew...
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Communism, my friend, is more than Marxism, just as Catholicism ... is more than the Roman Curia. There is a mystique as well as a politique....Catholics and communists have commited great crimes, but at least they have not stood aside, like an established society, and been indifferent. I would rather have blood on my hands than water like Pilate...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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Heresy is only another word for freedom of thought.
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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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“Oh, I’m not a Berkeleian. I believe my back’s against this wall. I believe there’s a sten gun over there.”
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He knew everything in theory, nothing in practice... He knew the moves, he'd never played the game.
Graham Greene
He’ll always be innocent, you can’t blame the innocent, they are always guiltless. All you can do is control them or eliminate them. Innocence is a kind of insanity.
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Sometimes I see myself reflected too closely in other men for comfort, and then I have an enormous wish to believe in the saints, in heroic virtue.


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