Graham Greene Quotes

Nobody thinks in terms of human beings. Governments don't, why should we? They talk about people and the proletariat.. view

By: Graham Greene

In Switzerland they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock!.. view

By: Graham Greene

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

By: Graham Greene

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

By: Graham Greene

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

By: Graham Greene

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

By: Graham Greene

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?.. view

By: Graham Greene

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

By: Graham Greene

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

By: 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... view

By: Graham Greene

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... view

By: Graham Greene

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.. view

By: Graham Greene

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... view

By: 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... view

By: Graham Greene

A solitary laugh is often a laugh of superiority... view

By: 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... view

By: Graham Greene

Failure too is a form of death... view

By: Graham Greene

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

By: Graham Greene

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

By: 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... view

By: Graham Greene

Heresy is another word for freedom of thought... view

By: Graham Greene

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... view

By: Graham Greene

When we are not sure, we are alive... view

By: Graham Greene

The world doesn't make any heroes anymore... view

By: Graham Greene

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

By: Graham Greene

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

By: Graham Greene

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

By: Graham Greene

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

By: 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... view

By: Graham Greene

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... view

By: 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... view

By: Graham Greene

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

By: Graham Greene

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

By: 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... view

By: Graham Greene

Reality in our century is not something to be faced... view

By: Graham Greene

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... view

By: Graham Greene

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

By: Graham Greene

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... view

By: Graham Greene

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

By: Graham Greene

Writing is a form of therapy.. view

By: Graham Greene