"More particularly, having a largely German-oriented education has made me very responsive to 19th-century German literature."
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."John le Carre on Nelson Mandela
"The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education."John le Carre on Albert Einstein
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."John le Carre on Aristotle
"My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors."John le Carre on Maya Angelou
"Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught."John le Carre on Oscar Wilde
"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."
"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."