"If there is one eternal truth of politics, it is that there are always a dozen good reasons for doing nothing."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."John le Carre on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."John le Carre on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."John le Carre on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."John le Carre on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."John le Carre on Joseph Stalin
"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."