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George Smiley: Topicality is always suspect.

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George Smiley: There are three of them, and Alleline.

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Roy Bland: It isn't ordinary flight information, Peter. The source is very private.

Toby Esterhase: Ultra, ultra sensitive in fact.

Peter Guillam: In that case, Toby, I'll try and keep my mouth ultra, ultra shut.

[Bill Haydon chuckles]

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George Smiley: What are you going to do about it?

Control: Depends on "it". I'll wait for "it" to show itself.

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Bill Haydon: Got a rabbit to pull out of your hat, Percy? You've got that Britain-can-make-it look about you. Very intimidating.

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[Lacon has arrived late for a conference]

Oliver Lacon: I'm sorry. Traffic. I should've walked.

Bill Haydon: I think you and Percy between you are contriving to keep me off the streets.

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Roy Bland: As a good socialist, I'm going where the money is. As a good capitalist, I'm sticking with the revolution because if you can't beat it, spy on it.

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George Smiley: You heard something about his

[Peter's]

George Smiley: murderous assignment in French North Africa, I suppose?

Mendel: Something. Whispers...

George Smiley: Peter was overmatched and he lost. His agents were hanged. No one recovers entirely from that sort of thing. That is, I wouldn't trust a man who did.

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George Smiley: Ever bought a fake picture, Toby?

Toby Esterhase: I sold a couple once.

George Smiley: The more you pay for it, the less inclined you are to doubt its authenticity.

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Bill Haydon: I still believe the secret services are the only real expression of a nation's character.

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