"It's part of a writer's profession, as it's part of a spy's profession, to prey on the community to which he's attached, to take away information - often in secret - and to translate that into intelligence for his masters, whether it's his readership or his spy masters. And I think that both professions are perhaps rather lonely."
"The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits."John le Carre on Albert Einstein
"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer."John le Carre on Albert Einstein
"Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking."John le Carre on Albert Einstein
"Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them."John le Carre on Albert Einstein
"We should take care not to make the intellect our god it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality."John le Carre on Albert Einstein
"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."