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The Ministry of Fear

Graham Greene

Top 10 Best Quotes

“But it is impossible to go through life without trust; that is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself.”

“Her face looked ugly in the attempt to avoid tears; it was an ugliness which bound him to her more than any beauty could have done. It isn't being happy together, he thought as though it were a fresh discovery, that makes one love--it's being unhappy together.”

“We forget very easily what gives us pain.”

“One can't love humanity. One can only love people.”

“A man kept his character even when he was insane.”

“Pity is cruel. Pity destroys.”

“It is always of interest to know what strikes another human being as remarkable.”

“He had in those days imagined himself capable of extraordinary heroisms and endurances which would make the girl he loved forget the awkward hands and the spotty chin of adolescence. Everything had seemed possible. One could laugh at daydreams, but so long as you had the capacity to daydream there was a chance that you might develop some of the qualities of which you dreamed. It was like the religious discipline: words however emptily repeated can in time form a habit, a kind of unnoticed sediment at the bottom of the mind, until one day to your own surprise you find yourself acting on the belief you thought you didn't believe in.”

“It is the same in life: sometimes it is more difficult to make a scene than to die.”

“He had stylized himself--life was easier that way. He had chosen a physical mould just as writer chooses a technical form.”

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Book Keywords:

existentialism, sociology, relationships, faith, psychology

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