"I mean, I'm in the business of storytelling, not message making."
"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect."John le Carre on Mark Twain
"The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax."John le Carre on Albert Einstein
"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure."John le Carre on Colin Powell
"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."John le Carre on Dale Carnegie
"If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance."John le Carre on Abraham Lincoln
"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."
"More particularly, having a largely German-oriented education has made me very responsive to 19th-century German literature."
"The monsters of our childhood do not fade away, neither are they ever wholly monstrous. But neither, in my experience, do we ever reach a plane of detachment regarding our parents, however wise and old we may become. To pretend otherwise is to cheat."