Tatiana in Smiley’s People:

I appreciate your kindness, Herr Lachmann, but I know that you are an extremely dangerous man. More dangerous than teachers or police.

Mother Felicity is too close to God. She doesn’t know that God is somebody who has to be ridden and kicked like a horse until he takes you in the right direction.

But you, Herr Lachmann, you represent the forgiveness of the authorities. Yes, I’m afraid you do.

Are you God?