The Human Factor

by Graham Greene

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Last Updated on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 187

1) “Hate is an automatic response to fear, for fear humiliates.”

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People are often taught that fear is a weakness. Therefore, when someone is fearful they often feel embarassed as well, because fear makes them feel weak. This embarassment causes one to become angry, making it an easy transition to hate what is causing the fear.

2) “One can't reason away regret-it's a bit like falling in love, falling into regret.”

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A regret is a very hard thing to negotiate from one's mind. People tend to view time existentially and contemplate what could have, should have, would have been. Falling into regret is a slow process, quite like falling in love. A person does not realize what they have until it is lost.

3) “He opened the book at random, or so he believed, but a book is like a sandy path which keeps the indent of footsteps.”

Books are one of the best ways to impact a persons way of thinking. All books and stories leave remnants in one's mind and grant a new perspective. Much like footprints on a sandy path, a book leaves trails in the mind.

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