"A spy, like a writer, lives outside the mainstream population. He steals his experience through bribes and reconstructs it."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."John le Carre on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."John le Carre on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."John le Carre on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."John le Carre on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."John le Carre on Mark Twain
"By the age of 9 or 10, I knew that I had to cut my own cloth and make my own way."
"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."
"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."
"I mean, I'm in the business of storytelling, not message making."
"More particularly, having a largely German-oriented education has made me very responsive to 19th-century German literature."