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Graham Greene Quote: “From childhood I had never believed in permanence, and yet I had longed for it.”
Graham Greene Quote: “Lies had deserted me, and I felt as lonely as though they had been my only friends.”
Graham Greene Quote: “Eternity is said not to be an extension of time but an absence of time.”
Graham Greene Quote: “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?”
Graham Greene Quote: “The world doesn’t make any heroes anymore.”
Graham Greene Quote: “Happiness is never really so welcome as changelessness.”
Graham Greene Quote: “So much of war is sitting around and doing nothing, waiting for somebody else. With no guarantee of the amount of time you have left it doesn’t seem worth even starting a train of thought.”
Graham Greene Quote: “A ruling passion gives to a shelf of novels the unity of a system.”
Graham Greene Quote: “Wouldn’t we all do better not trying to understand, accepting the fact that no human being will ever understand another, not a wife a husband, a lover a mistress, nor a parent a child? Perhaps that’s why men have invented God – a being capable of understanding. Perhaps if I wanted to be understood or to understand I would bam-boozle myself into belief, but I am a reporter; God exists only for leader-writers.”
Graham Greene Quote: “St. Augustine asked where time came from. He said it came out of the future which didn’t exist yet, into the present that had no duration, and went into the past which had ceased to exist.”
Graham Greene Quote: “Childhood is the writer’s bank balance.”
Graham Greene Quote: “A writer’s knowledge of himself, realistic and unromantic, is like a store of energy on which he must draw for a lifetime: one volt of it properly directed will bring a character to life.”
Graham Greene Quote: “I recognized my work for what it was – as unimportant a drug as cigarettes to get one through the weeks and years. If we are extinguished by death, as I still try to believe, what point is there in leaving some books behind any more than bottles, clothes, or cheap jewellry?”
Graham Greene Quote: “I had very good dentures once. Some magnificent gold work. It’s the only form of jewelry a man can wear that women fully appreciate.”
Graham Greene Quote: “All good novelists have bad memories. What you remember comes out as journalism; what you forget goes into the compost of the imagination.”
Graham Greene Quote: “In human relationships, kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths.”
Graham Greene Quote: “For writers it is always said that the first twenty years of life contain the whole of experience – the rest is observation.”
Graham Greene Quote: “A major character has to come somehow out of the unconscious.”
Graham Greene Quote: “Lust is not the worst thing. It is because any day, any time, lust may turn into love that we have to avoid it. And when we love our sin then we are damned indeed.”
Graham Greene Quote: “So it always is: when you escape to a desert the silence shouts in your ear.”
Graham Greene Quote: “Morality comes with the sad wisdom of age, when the sense of curiosity has withered.”
Graham Greene Quote: “I measured love by the extent of my jealousy.”
Graham Greene Quote: “I get fed up with all this nonsense of ringing people up and lighting cigarettes and answering the doorbell that passes for action in so many modern plays.”
Graham Greene Quote: “He was impregnably armored by his good intentions and his ignorance.”
Graham Greene Quote: “And when we love our sin then we are damned indeed.”
Graham Greene Quote: “I never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he caused.”
Graham Greene Quote: “The border means more than a customs house, a passport officer, a man with a gun. Over there everything is going to be different; life is never going to be quite the same again after your passport has been stamped.”
Graham Greene Quote: “Unfortunately the innocent are always involved in any conflict. Always, everywhere, there is some voice crying from a tower.”
Graham Greene Quote: “He felt the loyalty we feel to unhappiness – the sense that is where we really belong.”
Graham Greene Quote: “I can’t talk you in terms of time – your time and my time are different.”
Graham Greene Quote: “I’m tired and I’m sick to death of being without you.”
Graham Greene Quote: “In Switzerland they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock!”
Graham Greene Quote: “Beauty is like success: we can’t love it for long.”
Graham Greene Quote: “Grief and disappointment are like hate: they make men ugly with self-pity and bitterness. And how selfish they make us too.”
Graham Greene Quote: “We’d forgive most things if we knew the facts.”
Graham Greene Quote: “My passion for Sarah had killed simple lust forever. Never again would I be able to enjoy a woman without love.”
Graham Greene Quote: “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 Quote: “You cannot control what you love – you watch it driving recklessly towards the broken bridge, the torn-up track, the horror of seventy years ahead.”
Graham Greene Quote: “Cruel men cry easily at the cinema.”
Graham Greene Quote: “Despair is the price one pays for setting himself an impossible aim.”
Graham Greene Quote: “What’s the good? he’ll always be innocent, you can’t blame the innocent, they are always guiltless. All you can do is control them or eliminate them. Innocence is a kind of insanity.”
Graham Greene Quote: “Suffering is not increased by numbers; one body can contain all the suffering the world can feel.”
Graham Greene Quote: “Like some wines our love could neither mature nor travel.”
Graham Greene Quote: “To be in love is to see yourself as someone else sees you, it is to be in love with the falsified and exalted image of yourself. In love we are incapable of honor – the courageous act is no more than playing a part to an audience of two.”
Graham Greene Quote: “I shut my eyes and she was again the same as she used to be: she was the hiss of steam, the clink of a cup, she was a certain hour of the night and the promise of rest.”
Graham Greene Quote: “He was like a child with haemophilia: every contact drew blood.”
Graham Greene Quote: “Insecurity twists meanings and poisons trust. In a closely beleaguered city every sentry is a potential traitor.”
Graham Greene Quote: “Marlowe’s devils wore squibs attached to their tails: evil was like Peter Pan – it carried with it the horrifying and horrible gift of eternal youth.”
Graham Greene Quote: “Had Shakespeare listened to the news of Duncans death in a tavern or heard the knocking on his own bedroom door after he had finished the writing of Macbeth?”
Graham Greene Quote: “Rocinante was of more value for a true traveller than a jet plane. Jet planes were for business men.”
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