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 :: 1904-1991, British Novelist

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Sentimentality--that's what we call the sentiment we don't share.
~ Graham Greene - [Sentiment]

 

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Behind the complicated details of the world stand the simplicities: God is good, the grown-up man or woman knows the answer to every question, there is such a thing as truth, and justice is as measured and faultless as a clock. Our heroes are simple: they are brave, they tell the truth, they are good swordsmen and they are never in the long run really defeated. That is why no later books satisfy us like those which were read to us in childhood --for those promised a world of great simplicity of which we knew the rules, but the later books are complicated and contradictory with experience; they are formed out of our own disappointing memories.
~ Graham Greene - [Simplicity]

 

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However great a man's fear of life, suicide remains the courageous act, the clear-headed act of a mathematician. The suicide has judged by the laws of chance -- so many odds against one that to live will be more miserable than to die. His sense of mathematics is greater than his sense of survival. But think how a sense of survival must clamor to be heard at the last moment, what excuses it must present of a totally unscientific nature.
~ Graham Greene - [Suicide]

 

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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.
~ Graham Greene - [Trust]

 

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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 - [Ugliness]

 

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He felt the loyalty we feel to unhappiness -- the sense that is where we really belong.
~ Graham Greene - [Unhappiness]

 

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Reality in our century is not something to be faced.
~ Graham Greene - [Reality]

 

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His hilarity was like a scream from a crevasse.
~ Graham Greene - [Jokes and Jokers]

 

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A petty reason perhaps why novelists more and more try to keep a distance from journalists is that novelists are trying to write the truth and journalists are trying to write fiction.
~ Graham Greene - [Journalism and Journalists]

 

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He entered the territory of lies without a passport for return.
~ Graham Greene - [Lies and Lying]

 

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In human relationships, kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths.
~ Graham Greene - [Lies and Lying]

 

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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.
~ Graham Greene - [Literature]

 

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Media is just a word that has come to mean bad journalism.
~ Graham Greene - [Media]

 

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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.
~ Graham Greene - [Misers and Misery]

 

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Morality comes with the sad wisdom of age, when the sense of curiosity has withered.
~ Graham Greene - [Morality]

 

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A murderer is regarded by the conventional world as something almost monstrous, but a murderer to himself is only an ordinary man. It is only if the murderer is a good man that he can be regarded as monstrous.
~ Graham Greene - [Murder]

 

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Failure too is a form of death...
~ Graham Greene - [Failure]

 

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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 - [Faith]

 

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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.
~ Graham Greene - [Happiness]

 

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Innocence always calls mutely for protection when we would be so much wiser to guard ourselves against it: innocence is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell, wandering the world, meaning no harm.
~ Graham Greene - [Innocence]

 

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