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Graham Greene
English novelist
(1904-91)



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There were two letters waiting for him, propped against the tooth-glass on the washstand. The first he opened, contained letter-paper headed The Entrenationo Language Centre: a typed message — ‘Our charge for a course of thirty lessons in Entrenationo is six guineas. A specimen lesson has been arranged for you at 8.45 o’clock tomorrow (the 16th inst.), and we very much hope that you will be encouraged to take a full course. If the time arranged is for any reason inconvenient, will you please give us a ring and have it altered to suit your requirements?’ The other was from Lord Benditch's secretary confirming the appointment.
-- The Confidential Agent: An Entertainment (1939)

D. shut his eyes and pressed the trigger. The noise took him by surprise and the kick of the gun: glass smashed, and somewhere a bell rang.
-- The Confidential Agent: An Entertainment (1939)

It was a fantastic country, D. thought. Civil war provided nothing so fantastic as peace. In war life became simple — you didn’t worry about sex or international languages or even getting on: you worried about the next meal and cover from high explosives.
-- The Confidential Agent: An Entertainment (1939)

When you visualized a man or woman carefully, you could always begin to feel pity -- that was a quality God's image carried with it.
-- The Power and the Glory (1940)

No danger anywhere, it seemed to Rollo Martins of that sudden reckless moment when the scent of hair or a hand against the side alters life.
-- The Third Man (1949)

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 they produce? The cuckoo clock.
-- The Third Man (1949)


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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