This week’s quote comes from John Le Carre’s classic cold war novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. The novel concerns the experience of master spy George Smiley attempting to discover a Soviet mole in British intelligence. The novel was adapted as a BCC miniseries in the 1970s starring Sir Alec Guiness, and a 2011 film starring Gary Oldman.
Here’s the quote:
“There was nothing dishonourable in not being blown about by every little modern wind. Better to have worth, to entrench, to be an oak of one’s own generation.”
(Quote retrieved from Goodreads).