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John le Carre

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The only reward for love is the experience of loving.

John le Carre

A desk is a dangerous place from which to watch the world.

John le Carre

We have given away far too many freedoms in order to be free. Now it's time to take some back.

John Le Carre

Every writer knows he is spurious; every fiction writer would rather be credible than authentic.

John le Carre

You should have died when I killed you.

John le Carre

Sometimes we do a thing in order to find out the reason for it. Sometimes our actions are questions not answers.

John Le Carre

I don't think that there are very many good writers who don't live without a sense of tension. If they haven't got one immediately available to them, then they usually manage to manufacture it in their private lives.

John le Carre

We have learned in recent years to translate almost all of political life in terms of conspiracy. And the spy novel, as never before, really, has come into its own.

John le Carre

Coming home from very lonely places, all of us go a little mad: whether from great personal success, or just an all-night drive, we are the sole survivors of a world no one else has ever seen.

John le Carre

Most people like to read about intrigue and spies. I hope to provide a metaphor for the average reader's daily life. Most of us live in a slightly conspiratorial relationship with our employer and perhaps with our marriage.

John le Carre

Love is whatever you can still betray. Betrayal can only happen if you love.

John le Carre

For better or worse, I've been involved in the description of political conflict.

John le Carre

Americans believe that if you know something, you should do something about it.

John le Carre

The longing we have to communicate cleanly and directly with people is always obstructed by qualifications and often with concern about how our messages will be received.

John le Carre

People who've had very unhappy childhoods are pretty good at inventing themselves. If nobody invents you for yourself, nothing is left but to invent yourself for others.

John le Carre

When you're my age and you see a story, you better go for it pretty quickly. I'd just like to get a few more novels under my belt.

John le Carre

If there is one eternal truth of politics, it is that there are always a dozen good reasons for doing nothing.

John le Carre

I think I'm in the same mood as ever, but in some ways more mature. I guess you could say that, at 65, when you've seen the world shape up as I have, there are only two things you can do: laugh or kill yourself.

John le Carre

I don't think it is given to any of us to be impertinent to great religions with impunity.

John le Carre

By the age of 9 or 10, I knew that I had to cut my own cloth and make my own way.

John le Carre

I happen to write by hand. I don't even type.

John le Carre

During the Cold War, we lived in coded times when it wasn't easy and there were shades of grey and ambiguity.

John le Carre

I've always had difficulties with female characters.

John le Carre

I don't know whether it's age or maturity, but I certainly find myself committed more and more to the looser forms of Western democracy at any price.

John le Carre

There are some subjects that can only be tackled in fiction.

John le Carre
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