“Do you never worry about anything?”
“I have a secret defense, Mr Wormold. I am interested in life.”
“So am I, but…”
“You are interested in a person, not in life, and people die or leave us---I’m sorry; I wasn’t referring to your wife. But if you are interested in life it never lets you down. I am interested in the blueness of cheese. You don’t do crosswords, do you, Mr Wormold? I do, and they are like people: one reaches an end. I can finish any crossword within an hour, but I have an experiment concerned with the blueness of cheese that will never come to a conclusion---although one dreams that perhaps a time might come…One day I must show you my laboratory.”
“I must be going, Hasselbacher.”
“You should dream more, Mr Wormold. Reality in our century is not something to be faced.”
---fromOur Man in Havana by Graham Greene.