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Graham Greene Quotes

(1904-1991), British Novelist

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.

Category: Journalism And Journalists

He entered the territory of lies without a passport for return.

Category: Lies And Lying

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

Category: Lies And Lying

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.

Category: Literature

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

Category: Media

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.

Category: Misers And Misery

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

Category: Morality

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.

Category: Murder

Reality in our century is not something to be faced.

Category: Reality

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

Category: Sentiment

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.

Category: Simplicity

However great a man's fear of life, suicide remains the courageous act, the clear-headed act of a mathematician. The suicide has judged by the laws of chance -- so many odds against one that to live will be more miserable than to die. His sense of mathematics is greater than his sense of survival. But think how a sense of survival must clamor to be heard at the last moment, what excuses it must present of a totally unscientific nature.

Category: Suicide

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

Category: Trust

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.

Category: Ugliness

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

Category: Unhappiness