Graham Greene

(1904-1991 / Berkhamsted)

Graham Greene Quotes

  • ''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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  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''Nobody thinks in terms of "human beings." Governments don't, why should we? They talk about people and the proletariat; I talk about the suckers and the mugs. It's the same thing.''
    Graham Greene (1904-1991), British author, screenwriter, and Carol Reed. Harry Lime (Orson Welles), The Third Man (1949). To his friend, writer Holly Martins. Based On Greene's Novel.
  • ''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).
  • ''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.
  • ''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).
  • ''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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