Graham Greene Quotes

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Graham Greene
“He's satisfied with himself. If you have a soul you can't be satisfied.”
Graham Greene, Doctor Fischer of Geneva or The Bomb Party

Graham Greene
“Sweat cleaned you as effectively as water. But this was the race which had invented the proverb that cleanliness was next to godliness - cleanliness, not purity.”
Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory

Graham Greene
“I doubt if ever one ceases to love, but one can cease to be in love as easily as one can outgrow an author one admired as a boy.”
Graham Greene, Doctor Fischer of Geneva or The Bomb Party

Graham Greene
“We praise heroes as though they are rare, and yet we are always ready to blame another man for lack of heroism.”
Graham Greene, The Last Word and Other Stories

Graham Greene
“The more bare a life is, the more we fear change.”
Graham Greene, A Burnt-Out Case

Graham Greene
“It was not merely that his brother was dead. His brain, too young to realize the full paradox, wondered with an obscure self- pity why it was that the pulse of his brother's fear went on and on, when Francis was now where he had always been told there was no more terror and no more--darkness.”
Graham Greene, The End of the Party

Graham Greene
“Perhaps we were looking strained in our manner, because I noticed we had attracted the attention of a little man who sat on a sofa not far off. I tried to outstare him and that was easy. He had a long moustache and fawn-like eyes and he looked hurriedly away: his elbow caught his glass of beer and spun it on to the floor, so that he was overcome with confusion. I was sorry then because it occurred to me that he might have recognized me from my photographs: he might even be one of my few readers. He had a small boy sitting with him, and what a cruel thing it is to humiliate a father in the presence of his son. The boy blushed scarlet when the waiter hurried forward, and his father began to apologize with unnecessary vehemence.”
Graham Greene, The End of the Affair

Graham Greene
“Nadie puede soportar que no lo perdonen. Ese es el privilegio de Dios.”
Graham Greene

Graham Greene
“A major character has to come somehow out of the unconscious.”
Graham Greene

Graham Greene
“-"-A book takes me a year to write. It's too hard work for a revenge."
-"If you knew how little you had to revenge...".”
Graham Greene, The End of the Affair

Katie Roiphe
“I spent more time than was strictly necessary in the plush red corridors of the Hotel Metropole in Hanoi. For some reason, I had convinced myself that I needed to see the inside of suite 228, which was otherwise referred to in the voluminous hotel literature as "the Graham Greene Suite." Greene, whom I had been mildly fixated on for some time, had stayed there during the fifties. I was staying next door in suite 226, and after several days of wondering how I was going to get into his room, I noticed the maid's cart outside. When she finally ducked out to refill her stash of aloe shampoo and little almond soaps, I slipped through the half-opened door. Inside was a bare mahogany desk, a brass lamp, a king-size bed with a modern, striped duvet, and several spindly French sofas, also striped. I couldn't help feeling vastly let down. The setting was devoid of both Greene's seediness - he later regretted popularising the word "seedy" - and his elegance, which should not, of course, have come as a surprise. The Metropole was gutted after the war and rebuilt. And even if it hadn't been, I knew from experience that this sort of literary pilgrimage is always anticlimactic: the writer is dead and what remains of him is in his books.”
Katie Roiphe, In Praise of Messy Lives: Essays

Anthony Burgess
“The human liver, unless it is Graham Greene's, can take so much and no more.”
Anthony Burgess, Little Wilson and Big God