Quotations From GRAHAM GREENE

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  • 11.
    Point me out the happy man and I will point you out either egotism, selfishness, evil—or else an absolute ignorance.
    Graham Greene (1904-1991), British novelist. The Heart of the Matter, bk. 2, pt. 1, ch. 1, sect. 3 (1948).

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  • 12.
    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 (1904-1991), British novelist. Dr. Magiot, in The Comedians, pt. 2, ch. 4, sct. 4 (1966). Closing words of Dr. Magiot's last letter.

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  • 13.
    Morality comes with the sad wisdom of age, when the sense of curiosity has withered.
    Graham Greene (1904-1991), British novelist. A Sort of Life, ch. 7, sct. 1 (1971).

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  • 14.
    Thrillers are like life—more like life than you are ... it's what we've all made of the world.
    Graham Greene (1904-1991), British novelist. Arthur Rowe, in The Ministry of Fear, bk. 1, ch. 5 (1943).

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  • 15.
    Reality in our century is not something to be faced.
    Graham Greene (1904-1991), British novelist. Hasselbacher, in Our Man in Havana, pt. 1, ch. 1, sct. 1 (1958).
  • 16.
    The world doesn't make any heroes anymore.
    Graham Greene (1904-1991), British novelist, and Carol Reed. Major Calloway, in The Third Man (film) (1950).

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  • 17.
    The world is not black and white. More like black and grey.
    Graham Greene (1904-1991), British novelist. quoted in Observer (London, Jan. 2, 1983).

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  • 18.
    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.
    Graham Greene (1904-1991), British novelist. Speech, 1969, on receiving the Shakespeare Prize awarded by the University of Hamburg, Germany.

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  • 19.
    Success is more dangerous than failure, the ripples break over a wider coastline.
    Graham Greene (1904-1991), British novelist. Independent (London, April 4, 1991). The quote was recalled at Greene's death by critic Miriam Allot.

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  • 20.
    Death's at the bottom of everything, Martins. Leave death to the professionals.
    Graham Greene (1904-1991), British novelist, and Carol Reed. Major Calloway (Trevor Howard), in The Third Man (film) (1950).

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