Quotes by Graham Greene

Graham Greene

Graham Greene

English writer

Alive from: 1904-

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

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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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    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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    Media is just a word that has come to mean bad journalism.
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    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.
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    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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    Reality in our century is not something to be faced.
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    Sentimentality - that's what we call the sentiment we don't share.
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    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.
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    We are all of us resigned to death: it's life we aren't resigned to.
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    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.
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    When we are not sure, we are alive.
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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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