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

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To take an Annamite to bed with you is like taking a bird: they twitter and sing on your pillow
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#Bed

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It is the story-teller's task to elicit sympathy and a measure of understanding for those who lie outside the boundaries of State approval.
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#Literature

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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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#War #British Journalist

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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.
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#British Journalist #Economy

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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.
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#Man

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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.
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#Society

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No Man's Land
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#Land

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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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#British Journalist

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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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#Despair

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Those who marry God can become domesticated too -- it's just as hum-drum a marriage as all the others. The word ''Love'' means a formal touch of the lips as in the ceremony of the Mass, and ''Ave Maria '' like ''dearest'' is a phrase to open a letter. This marriage like the world's marriages was held together by habits and tastes shared in common between God and themselves -- it was God's taste to be worshipped and their taste to worship, but only at stated hours like a suburban embrace on a Saturday night.
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#Churches

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Cynicism is cheap -- you can buy it at any Monoprix store -- it's built into all poor-quality goods.
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#Cynics And Cynicism

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

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

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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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#British Journalist

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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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#British Journalist

Graham Greene
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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#British Journalist

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

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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.
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#Simplicity

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

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Failure too is a form of death.
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#British Journalist

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The world doesn't make any heroes anymore.
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#British Journalist

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The world is not black and white. More like black and grey.
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#British Journalist

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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.
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#British Journalist

Graham Greene
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.
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#British Journalist

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.
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#British Journalist

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Thrillers are like life, more like life than you are; it's what we've all made of the world.
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#British Journalist

Graham Greene
Thrillers are like life, more like life than you are.
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#British Journalist