Quotes by Graham Greene

"Champagne, if you are seeking the truth, is better than a lie detector."

"You know what the fellow said – in Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace – and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock."

"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 belongs to me and to no other. But happiness annihilates us: we lose our identity."

"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."

"Like some wines our love could neither mature nor travel."


Books by Graham Greene

  • The Quiet American
  • 54,069 ratings
  • August 31st 2004 by Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions

    (first published December 1955)

  • Makten Og Æren
  • 36,110 ratings
  • 2010 by Cappelen Damm

    (first published 1940)

  • Brighton Rock
  • 30,519 ratings
  • October 7th 2004 by Vintage

    (first published 1938)

  • Our Man in Havana
  • 28,234 ratings
  • September 3rd 1991 by Penguin/Twentieth Century Classics

    (first published 1958)

Graham Greene
  • Graham Greene

  • Date of birth: October 02, 1904
  • Died: April 03, 1991
  • Born: in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England.

  • Description: Henry Graham Greene, OM, CH was an English novelist, short story writer, playwright, screenplay writer, travel writer and critic whose works explore the ambivalent moral and political issues of the modern world. Greene combined serious literary acclaim with wide popularity.

    Although Greene objected strongly to being described as a “Catholic novelist” rather than as a “novelist who happened to be Catholic,” Catholic religious themes are at the root of much of his writing, especially the four major Catholic novels: Brighton Rock, The Heart of the Matter, The End of the Affair, and The Power and the Glory. Works such as The Quiet American, Our Man in Havana and The Human Factor also show an avid interest in the workings of international politics and espionage.

    (Excerpted from Wikipedia)