"My definition of a decent society is one that first of all takes care of its losers, and protects its weak."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."John le Carre on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."John le Carre on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."John le Carre on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."John le Carre on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."John le Carre on Mahatma Gandhi
"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."