"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."
"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."John le Carre on Mark Twain
"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."John le Carre on Henry Ford
"Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been."John le Carre on Mark Twain
"True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country."John le Carre on Kurt Vonnegut
"A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age."John le Carre on Robert Frost
"By the age of 9 or 10, I knew that I had to cut my own cloth and make my own way."
"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."
"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."