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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

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GRAHAM GREENE
I can never think of you as a friend. You can do without a friend.
GRAHAM GREENE
There was always another side to a joke, the side of the victim.
GRAHAM GREENE
You think it more difficult to turn air into wine than to turn wine into blood?
GRAHAM GREENE
Perhaps it is only in childhood that books have any deep influence on our lives.
GRAHAM GREENE
That whisky priest, I wish we had never had him in the house.
GRAHAM GREENE
I hate you, God. I hate you as though you actually exist.
GRAHAM GREENE
You needn't be so scared. Love doesn't end. Just because we don't see each other...
GRAHAM GREENE
You put the small thief in prison, but the big thief lives in a palace.
GRAHAM GREENE
My second wife left me because she said I was too ambitious. She didn't realize that it is only the ...
GRAHAM GREENE
You should dream more, Mr. Wormold. Reality in our century is not something to be faced.
GRAHAM GREENE
They think my mother's ashes are marijuana.
GRAHAM GREENE
What have we all got to expect that we allow ourselves to be so lined with disappointment?
GRAHAM GREENE
Age does not make us childish, as some say; it finds us true children.
GRAHAM
I work with a charity called Donate My Dress. It's got chapters all over the country where you c...
ASHLEY GREENE
Physicists are more like avant-garde composers, willing to bend traditional rules... Mathematicians ...
BRIAN GREENE
I'm a bit of a workaholic. When I feel like I'm not doing something, it drives me insane.
ASHLEY GREENE
I'm not from a maple producing area and so my maple syrup credentials are very much of the eatin...
NANCY GREENE
LAW 25
Re-Create Yourself

Do not accept the roles that society foists on you. Re-cre...
ROBERT GREENE
Though men determine, the gods doo dispose: and oft times many things fall out betweene the cup an...
ROBERT GREENE
For as one star another far exceeds, So souls in heaven are placed by their deeds.
ROBERT GREENE
I was working at a restaurant, I booked the role in 'Twilight,' put in my two weeks' not...
ASHLEY GREENE
We want to get people excited about VCP. And we want to encourage researchers to focus on things imp...
ADAM GREENE
I don't think we'll see too many surprises on the downside, as we're really in bargain basement terr...
ADAM GREENE
There were no big surprises; it's all been good.
ALAN GREENE
We understand that not all churches can pull off canceling or relocating a service, ... We still con...
ALAN GREENE
I wouldn't say it's pressure — it's more like a controlled nervousn...
ANDY GREENE
I don't think it has quite sunk in yet, but it is definitely a dream come true. I am looking forward...
ANDY GREENE
I think the best thing about Courtney is the way she has interacted with her team. Even being as suc...
CARLTON GREENE
When you have two like that, sometimes teams have one good defensive player that they can put on one...
CARLTON GREENE
I live a dual life. On the red carpet, it's complete glam. But at home, I'm a jeans and T-sh...
ASHLEY GREENE
Take advantage of this wonderful new platform that you're selling and tie it back to the incumbent p...
BOB GREENE
There isn't one solution for every piece of content. There are some movies worth renting, and others...
BOB GREENE
Being on the road and competing at such a high level will give us confidence going into league play ...
BRIAN GREENE
Oftentimes, if you're talking to a seasoned interviewer who asks you a question, they may do a f...
BRIAN GREENE
I'm going to insist that a sign be on his door on the 5th floor. He is settled in ICU and our favori...
SUE GREENE
I definitely haven't forgotten that [at-bat]. It was a fastball, down and in. I wasn't really having...
KHALIL GREENE
As anyone who has been close to someone that has committed suicide knows, there is no other pain lik...
PETER GREENE
I'm definitely looking to put together a full season. I know what I'm capable of doing. I want to be...
KHALIL GREENE
Energy dependence is America's economic, environmental and security Achilles' heel.
NATHANAEL GREENE
I'm not trying to do too much -- just be aggressive and selective at the same time,
KHALIL GREENE
There's a lot of capable of players throughout the system,
KHALIL GREENE
We'd like to let anybody run any operating system (OS) on any machine. You'll be able to buy any app...
DIANE GREENE
Our customers love virtualization, and anything we do to make virtualization more enhanced makes it ...
DIANE GREENE
I definitely haven't forgotten that [at-bat]. It was a fastball, down and in. I wasn't really having...
KHALIL GREENE