The sense of unhappiness is so much easier to convey than that of happiness. In misery we seem aware of our own existence, even though it may be in the form of a monstrous egotism: this pain of mine is individual, this nerve that winces belong to me and to no other. But happiness annihilates us: we lose our identity.
Bk. 2, ch. 1
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
Morality comes with the sad wisdom of age, when the sense of curiosity has withered.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
Heresy is only another word for freedom of thought.Graham Greene
The world is not black and white. More like black and grey.Graham Greene
That instinct for human character that is perhaps inherent in an imaginative writer.Graham Greene
A major character has to come somehow out of the unconscious.Graham Greene
Sooner or later...one has to take sides – if one is to remain human.Graham Greene
Reality in our century is not something to be faced.Graham Greene
Can you hate something you don't believe in? And yet he called himself a free-thinker. What an impossible paradox, to be free and to be so obsessed.Graham Greene
At the end of what is called the "sexual life" the only love which has lasted is the love which has everything, every disappointment, every failure and every betrayal, which has accepted even the sad fact that in the end there is no desire so deep as the simple desire for companionship.Graham Greene
Barbara wrote that his brain frightened her. It was sharp and clear and cruel. She admired him for being always unsentimental, but noted 'always remember to rely on yourself ... if you are in a sticky place he will be so interested in noting your reactions that he will probably forget to rescue you.'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
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