When we are not sure, we are alive.
Graham Greene (1904 - 1991)
Contributed by: rudyan
The Third Man.
Source: Title of novel, 1950
Contributed by: Zaady
No human being can really understand another, and no one can arrange another's happiness.
Source: The Heart of the Matter, 1948
A major character has to come somehow out of the unconscious.
Source: NY Times 9 Oct 85
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.
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, the melancholia, the panic fear which is inherent in the human situation.
Our worst enemies here are not the ignorant and simple, however cruel; our worst enemies are the intelligent and corrupt.
Source: The Human Factor (1978)
In human relations kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths.
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.
Source: International Herald Tribune 7 Oct 77
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.
Source: journal of 1959
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