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A committee is an animal with four back legs. John Le Carre#Committee 87
John Le Carre#Committee 87
Love is whatever you can still betray. Betrayal can only happen if you love. John Le Carre#Betray 71
John Le Carre#Betray 71
A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world. John Le Carre#Dangerous 70
John Le Carre#Dangerous 70
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#Cleanly 65
John Le Carre#Cleanly 65
The Cold War was over long before it was officially declared dead. John Le Carre#Cold 65
John Le Carre#Cold 65
More particularly, having a largely German-oriented education has made me very responsive to 19th-century German literature. John le Carre#Education 58
John le Carre#Education 58
Every writer knows he is spurious; every fiction writer would rather be credible than authentic. John Le Carre#Authentic 56
John Le Carre#Authentic 56
You have no idea how humiliating it was, as a boy, to suddenly have all your clothes, your toys, snatched by the bailiff. I mean we were a middle-class family, it's not as if it was happening up and down the street. It made me ashamed, I felt dirty. John le Carre#Family 55
John le Carre#Family 55
If there is one eternal truth of politics, it is that there are always a dozen good reasons for doing nothing. John le Carre#Politics 46
John le Carre#Politics 46
I was quite able at the insignificant work I did in MI6, but absolutely dysfunctional in my domestic life. I had no experience of fatherhood. I had no example of marital bliss or the family unit. John le Carre#Experience 46
John le Carre#Experience 46
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