Quotes

11 November 2014
What do you think spies are: priests, saints and martyrs? They're a squalid procession of vain fools, traitors too, yes; pansies, sadists and drunkards, people who play cowboys and Indians to brighten their rotten lives.
11 November 2014
It's easy to forget what intelligence consists of: luck and speculation. Here and there a windfall, here and there a scoop.
11 November 2014
I don't think it is given to any of us to be impertinent to great religions with impunity.
11 November 2014
For decades to come the spy world will continue to be the collective couch where the subconscious of each nation is confessed.
11 November 2014
Fools, most linguists. Damn all to say in one language, so they learn another and say damn all in that.
11 November 2014
...the shiny-cheeked merchant bankers from London with eighties striped blue ties and white collars and double-barreled names and double chins and double-breasted suits, who said "ears" when they meant "yes" and "hice" when they meant "house" and "school" when they meant "Eton"...
11 November 2014
Ideologies ... have no heart of their own. They're the whores and angels of our striving selves.
11 November 2014
A committee is an animal with four back legs.

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