"History keeps her secrets longer than most of us. But she has one secret that I will reveal to you tonight in the greatest confidence. Sometimes there are no winners at all. And sometimes nobody needs to lose."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."John le Carre on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."John le Carre on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."John le Carre on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."John le Carre on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."John le Carre on Thomas Jefferson
"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."