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Graham Greene Quotes

Let these quotes by Graham Greene help you to have a positive attitude toward life, and to think positively.

My two fingers on a typewriter have never connected with my brain.
My hand on a pen does.
A fountain pen, of course.
Ball-point pens are only good for filling out forms on a plane.
- Graham Greene

No human being can really understand another,
and no one can arrange another's happiness.
- Graham Greene

In human relationships, kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths.
- Graham Greene

We are all of us resigned to death: it's life we aren't resigned to.
- Graham Greene

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The economy of a novelist is a little like that of
a careful housewife who is unwilling to throw away
anything that might perhaps serve its turn.
- Graham Greene

The world is not black and white.
More like black and grey.
- Graham Greene

Heresy is another word for freedom of thought.
- Graham Greene

 

There is always one moment in childhood when the door
opens and lets the future in.
- Graham Greene

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

Thrillers are like life, more like life than you are.
- Graham Greene

Champagne, if you are seeking the truth,
is better than a lie detector.
It encourages a man to be expansive,
even reckless,
while lie detectors are only a challenge to tell lies successfully.
- Graham Greene

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

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

The world doesn't make any heroes anymore.
- Graham Greene

Unhappiness in a child accumulates because he sees
no end to the dark tunnel.
The thirteen weeks of a term might just as well be thirteen years.
- Graham Greene

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

Point me out the happy man and I will point you out either egotism,
selfishness, evil - or else an absolute ignorance.
- Graham Greene

It is impossible to go through life without trust:
that is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all,
oneself.
- Graham Greene

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

The moment comes when a character does or says something
you hadn't thought about.
At that moment he's alive and you leave it to him.
- Graham Greene

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

Success is more dangerous than failure,
the ripples break over a wider coastline.
- Graham Greene

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

Innocence is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell,
wandering the world, meaning no harm.
- Graham Greene

When we are not sure, we are alive.
- Graham Greene

Failure too is a form of death.
- Graham Greene

They are always saying God loves us.
If that's love I'd rather have a bit of kindness.
- Graham Greene

A solitary laugh is often a laugh of superiority.
- Graham Greene

In Switzerland they had brotherly love,
five hundred years of democracy and peace,
and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock!
- Graham Greene

God created a number of possibilities in case some
of his prototypes failed -
that is the meaning of evolution.
- Graham Greene

A movie is not a book.
If the source material is a book, you cannot be too respectful of the book.
All you owe to the book is the spirit.
- Graham Greene

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

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

The great advantage of being a writer is that you can spy on people.
You're there, listening to every word,
but part of you is observing.
Everything is useful to a writer, you see -
every scrap,
even the longest and most boring of luncheon parties.
- Graham Greene

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

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

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

Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how
all those who do not write,
compose or paint can manage to escape the madness,
melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.
- Graham Greene

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

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

Every tomorrow has two handles.
We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety
or the handle of faith.
- Henry Ward Beecher

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

When written in Chinese, the word "crisis"
is composed of two characters.
One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
- John F. Kennedy

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

There are two kinds of failures:
those who thought and never did,
and those who did and never thought.
- Laurence J. Peter

There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth
- not going all the way and not starting.
- The Buddha

Two little words that can make the difference: START NOW.
- Mary C. Crowley

As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands.
One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
- Audrey Hepburn

Pride comes in two flavors -
be careful which you choose -
choose honor, not ego.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A wise man hears one word and understands two.
- Yiddish Proverb

Pride comes in two flavors -
choose honor, not ego.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Cause and effect are two sides of one fact.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are two things to aim at in life:
first, to get what you want,
and after that to to enjoy it.
- Logan Pearsall Smith

There are two lasting bequests we can give our children
One is roots, the other is wings.
- Hodding Carter

People generally complain about only two things:
when they have less than yesterday,
and when they have less than their neighbor.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We have two ears and one mouth so that
we can listen twice as much as we speak.
- Epictetus

Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated;
you can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.
- David Lloyd George

The Two Great Lessons of Life: Choose Love & Trust God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth;
not going all the way, and not starting.
- The Buddha

You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.
- old proverb often attributed to David Lloyd George

Unity can only be manifested by the Binary.
Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two.
- The Buddha

When I am getting ready to reason with a man,
I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself
and what I am going to say
and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.
- Abraham Lincoln

I had three chairs in my house;
one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
- Henry David Thoreau

Friendship is one mind in two bodies.
- Mencius

Friendship is not possible between two women
one of whom is very well dressed.
- Laurie Colwin

This communicating of a man's self to his friend
works two contrary effects;
for it redoubleth joys, and cutteth griefs in half.
- Francis Bacon

Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment
and the other by acts of love. Power based on love
is a thousand times more effective and permanent
then the one derived from fear of punishment.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.
- Aristotle

A great gift requires two people,
the giver and the receiver.
Think of a football pass -
skillfully catching the pass, the gift,
is fully as important, and difficult, as throwing it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The meeting of two personalities is
like the contact of two chemical substances:
if there is any reaction, both are transformed.
- Carl Jung


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