"Novelists are not equipped to make a movie, in my opinion. They make their own movie when they write: they're casting, they're dressing the scene, they're working out where the energy of the scene is coming from and they're also relying tremendously on the creative imagination of the reader."
"Imagination is more important than knowledge."John le Carre on Albert Einstein
"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities."John le Carre on Dr. Seuss
"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions."John le Carre on Albert Einstein
"I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation and is but a reflection of human frailty."John le Carre on Albert Einstein
"Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?"John le Carre on Sun Tzu
"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."