What are some interesting quotes from the book Brighton Rock (By Garham Greene)?

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Noelle Thompson eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Here are two of my favorite quotes from the book. They will be followed with explanation.

You cannot conceive, nor can I, the appalling strangeness of the mercy of God.

THIS is an absolutely amazing quote! I believe in the idea of divine mercy from God. This means that God can even forgive the worst dictator, the most evil killer, or someone who does something completely deplorable that we can't even imagine. This is how God's mercy can be both appalling and strange. In regards to this book, Hale betrays Pinkie's mentor. For retribution, Pinkie seeks revenge through the murder of Hale. The fact that God could grant mercy to both is strange and beautiful. 

The second quote is just as interesting:

A brain is only capable of what it could conceive, and it couldn't conceive what it hasn't experienced.

This quotation is so very true, that it is widely known at this time. In addition, you can actually lift the quotation from the book, and talk about it in regards to everyday life no matter where you are living. It is about the importance of experience. It is about the idea that a mind cannot even explore something that it has not yet experienced. And in that state cannot understand the concept.

In reality, any quotation that is about good and evil, or about trust, would be appropriate to put in an essay about this book.

syedshahab | Student


Here are some interesting quotes

"It's a good world if you don't weaken"

"Heaven was a word hell was something he could trust"

“You cannot conceive, nor can I, of the appalling strangeness of the mercy of God.”

“It didn't matter anyway...he wasn't made for peace, he couldn't believe in it. 

“This was hell then; it wasn't anything to worry about: it was just his own familiar room.” 

poeticgarden | Student

Some of my favorite quotes are ones that make you think and ponder a bit...

I know one thing you don't. I know the difference between Right and Wrong. They didn't teach you that at school.Rose didn't answer; the woman was quite right: the two words meant nothing to her. Their taste was extinguished by stronger foods - Good and Evil.

Heaven was a word: hell was something he could trust.

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