Henry Graham Greene (2 October 1904 – 3 April 1991) was an English novelist and author regarded as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. Combining literary acclaim with widespread popularity, Greene had acquired a reputation early in his own lifetime as a great writer, both of serious Catholic novels and of thrillers ; however, even though short listed in 1967, he was never awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Through 67 years of writings which included over 25 novels, he explored the ambivalent moral and political issues of the modern world through a Catholic perspective.
1. THERE IS ALWAYS ONE MOMENT IN CHILDHOOD WHEN THE DOOR OPENS AND LETS THE FUTURE IN.
2. IN HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS, KINDNESS AND LIES ARE WORTH A THOUSAND TRUTHS.
3. HUMAN NATURE IS NOT BLACK AND WHITE BUT BLACK AND GREY.
4. MORALITY COMES WITH THE SAD WISDOM OF AGE, WHEN THE SENSE OF CURIOSITY HAS WITHERED.
5. SUCCESS IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN FAILURE, THE RIPPLES BREAK OVER A WIDER COASTLINE.
6. HERESY IS ANOTHER WORD FOR FREEDOM OF THOUGHT.
7. A SOLITARY LAUGH IS OFTEN A LAUGH OF SUPERIORITY.
8. WHEN WE ARE NOT SURE, WE ARE ALIVE.
9. NO HUMAN BEING CAN REALLY UNDERSTAND ANOTHER, AND NO ONE CAN ARRANGE ANOTHER’S HAPPINESS.
10. THE ECONOMY OF A NOVELIST IS A LITTLE LIKE THAT OF A CAREFUL HOUSEWIFE WHO IS UNWILLING TO THROW AWAY ANYTHING THAT MIGHT PERHAPS SERVE ITS TURN.
11. UNHAPPINESS IN A CHILD ACCUMULATES BECAUSE HE SEES NO END TO THE DARK TUNNEL. THE THIRTEEN WEEKS OF A TERM MIGHT JUST AS WELL BE THIRTEEN YEARS.