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Graham Greene Quotes

(1904-1991), British Novelist

When we are not sure, we are alive.

Category: Certainty

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.

Category: Children

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.

Category: Churches

We mustn't complain too much of being comedians -- it's an honorable profession. If only we could be good ones the world might gain at least a sense of style. We have failed -- that's all. We are bad comedians, we aren't bad men.

Category: Comedy And Comedians

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.

Category: Communism And Socialism

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.

Category: Corruption

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

Category: Cynics And Cynicism

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

Category: Death And Dying

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.

Category: Despair

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

Category: Evolution

Failure too is a form of death...

Category: Failure

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?

Category: Faith

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

Category: Happiness

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.

Category: Innocence

His hilarity was like a scream from a crevasse.

Category: Jokes And Jokers