90 Total Quotes

Graham Greene Quotes

Graham Greene
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, the melancholia, the panic fear, which is inherent in a human condition
Graham Greene
#Therapy

Graham Greene
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.
Graham Greene
#British Journalist #Books And Reading

Graham Greene
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.
Graham Greene
#British Journalist

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

Graham Greene
One of the things which danger does to you after a time is -, well, to kill emotion. I don't think I shall ever feel anything again except fear. None of us can hate anymore - or love.
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#Danger

Graham Greene
His hilarity was like a scream from a crevasse.
Graham Greene
#Jokes And Jokers

Graham Greene
Communism, my friend, is more than Marxism, just as Catholicism is more than the Roman Curia. There is a mystique as well as a politick. Catholics and Communists have committed 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.
Graham Greene
#Communism #Catholicism

Graham Greene
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.
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#Courage #British Journalist

Graham Greene
Heresy is another word for freedom of thought.
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#British Journalist #Freedom

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

Graham Greene
Perhaps the comparison is closer to the Chinese cook who leaves hardly any part of a duck unserved.
Graham Greene
#Chinese

Graham Greene
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.
Graham Greene
#Listening

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

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

Graham Greene
When we are not sure, we are alive.
Graham Greene
#British Journalist #Doubt

Graham Greene
Behind the complicated details of the world stand the simplicities: God is good, the grown-up man or woman knows the answer to every question, there is such a thing as truth, and justice is as measured and faultless as a clock. Our heroes are simple: they are brave, they tell the truth, they are good swordsmen and they are never in the long run really defeated. That is why no later books satisfy us like those which were read to us in childhood /for those promised a world of great simplicity of which we knew the rules, but the later books are complicated and contradictory with experience; they are formed out of our own disappointing memories.
Graham Greene
#God

Graham Greene
Despair is the price one pays for setting oneself an impossible aim
Graham Greene
#Despair

Graham Greene
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
#British Journalist

Graham Greene
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.
Graham Greene
#British Journalist

Graham Greene
At the end of 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.
Graham Greene
#Life

Graham Greene
No human being can really understand another, and no one can arrange another's happiness.
Graham Greene
#British Journalist #Happiness

Graham Greene
Morality comes with the sad wisdom of age, when the sense of curiosity has withered.
Graham Greene
#British Journalist #Age And Aging