Graham Greene

(1904-1991 / Berkhamsted)

Graham Greene Quotes

  • ''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 (1904-1991), British novelist. Mr. Visconti, in Travels With My Aunt, pt. 2, ch. 7 (1969).
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  • ''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).
  • ''The truth has never been of any real value to any human being—it is a symbol for mathematicians and philosophers to pursue. In human relations kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths.''
    Graham Greene (1904-1991), British novelist. Scobie, in Heart of the Matter, bk. 1, pt. 1, ch. 2, sct. 4 (1948).
  • ''We mustn't complain too much of being comedians—it's an honourable 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.''
    Graham Greene (1904-1991), British novelist. the ambassador, in The Comedians, pt. 1, ch. 5, sct. 2 (1966).
  • ''Cynicism is cheap—you can buy it at any Monoprix store—it's built into all poor- quality goods.''
    Graham Greene (1904-1991), British novelist. The Comedians, pt. 1, ch. 1, sct. 3 (1966).
  • ''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.''
    Graham Greene (1904-1991), British novelist. The Comedians, pt. 1, ch. 4, sct. 3 (1966).
  • ''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. The Comedians, pt. 2, ch. 4, sct. 4 (1966). Closing words of Dr. Magiot's last letter.
  • ''Cynicism is cheap—you can buy it at any Monoprix store—it's built into all poor-quality goods.''
    Graham Greene (1904-1991), British novelist. The Comedians, pt. 1, ch. 1, sct. 3 (1966).
  • ''Against the beautiful and the clever and the successful, one can wage a pitiless war, but not against the unattractive: then the millstone weighs on the breast.''
    Graham Greene (1904-1991), British novelist. The Heart of the Matter, bk. 1, pt. 1, ch. 2, sct. 2 (1948).
  • ''He entered the territory of lies without a passport for return.''
    Graham Greene (1904-1991), British novelist. The Heart of the Matter, bk. 2, pt. 3, ch. 2, sect. 1 (1948). Of Major Scobie.

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