Graham Greene

Literary Birthday – 2 October – Graham Greene

Graham Greene was born 2 October 1904, and died 3 April 1991.

Graham Greene: 14 Quotes On Life, Love, and Writing

  1. It’s a strange thing to discover and to believe that you are loved when you know that there is nothing in you for anybody but a parent or a God to love.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.
  5. 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.
  6. Pain is easy to write. In pain we’re all happily individual. But what can one write about happiness?
  7. There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.
  8. One can’t love humanity. One can only love people.
  9. I have never understood why people who can swallow the enormous improbability of a personal God boggle at a personal Devil.
  10. A man kept his character even when he was insane.
  11. One has no talent. I have no talent. It’s just a question of working, of being willing to put in the time.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. All good novelists have bad memories.

Read: Graham Greene’s Writing Process

Graham Greene was an English author, playwright, and literary critic. Greene was one of the few authors who managed to combine literary acclaim with widespread popularity and financial success. He associated with T.S. Eliot, Evelyn Waugh, Alexander Korda, Ian Fleming, and Noel Coward. His novels include: The Power and the GloryThe End of the AffairThe Third ManThe Quiet AmericanOur Man in Havana, and Brighton Rock.


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Posted on: 2nd October 2012