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    I think about the characters I've created, and then I sit down and start typing and see what they will do. There's a lot of subconscious thought that goes on. It amazes me to find out, a few chapters later, why I put someone in a certain place when I did.
    — Tom Clancy
    In battle, you forgive a man anything except an unwillingness to take risks. Sometimes you have to put it on the line.
    — Tom Clancy
    tags: men  risk  battle 
     
    Before, it was always, 'Oh, no, here comes Clancy, that insurance agent.' Now it's, 'Oh, here comes Tom Clancy, bestselling author.' But I'm still the same basic middle-class slob.
    — Tom Clancy
    tags: author 
     
    The objective of a terrorist is to create political change in the society he targets.
    — Tom Clancy
    tags: society  political 
     
    When I was doing 'Executive Orders,' I talked about Ebola to people who know about infectious diseases and their use as weapons of war, and guys told me that these weapons are more psychological than physical.
    — Tom Clancy
    tags: people  war 
     
    The role of fiction is supposed to be divorced from the role of reality.
    — Tom Clancy
    tags: reality  fiction 
     
    I wanted to see my name on the cover of a book. If your name is in the Library of Congress, you're immortal.
    — Tom Clancy
    Ebola is a nasty disease to get. It's scary. But as a weapon, it is probably not likely. Ebola is a difficult malady to weaponize and deliver efficiently.
    — Tom Clancy
    Victory comes only to those prepared to make it, and take it.
    — Tom Clancy
    tags: victory 
     
    Fundamentally, I think of myself as a storyteller, not a writer.
    — Tom Clancy
    I've made up stuff that's turned out to be real, that's the spooky part.
    — Tom Clancy
    tags: real 
     
    Never ask what sort of computer a guy drives. If he's a Mac user, he'll tell you. If not, why embarrass him?
    — Tom Clancy
    tags: hell  computer 
     
    The U.S. Military is us. There is no truer representation of a country than the people that it sends into the field to fight for it. The people who wear our uniform and carry our rifles into combat are our kids, and our job is to support them, because they're protecting us.
    — Tom Clancy
    tags: people  fight  job  military  kids 
     
    No matter what you or anyone else does, there will be someone who says that there's something bad about it.
    — Tom Clancy
    tags: bad 
     
    I am a politician which means I am a liar and a crook. When I am not kissing babies I am stealing their lollypops.
    — Tom Clancy
    tags: kissing  liar 
     
    The Only way to do all the things you'd like to do is to read
    — Tom Clancy
    tags: read 
     
    We cannot fail to win unless we fail to try.
    — Tom Clancy
    tags: fail 
     
    Success is a finished book, a stack of pages each of which is filled with words. If you reach that point, you have won a victory over yourself no less impressive than sailing single-handed around the world.
    — Tom Clancy
    tags: world  victory  book  success 
     
    People live longer today than they ever have. They live happier lives, have more knowledge, more information. All this is the result of communications technology. How is any of that bad?
    — Tom Clancy
    I do not over-intellectualize the production process. I try to keep it simple: Tell the damned story.
    — Tom Clancy
    tags: process  stories 
     
    I think it's an intellectual duty for a person who lives in a free society to read material not only with which you agree, but with which you disagree. Because every so often somebody you think is wrong will actually turn out to be right.
    — Tom Clancy
    tags: people  society  live  right  wrong  read 
     
    Switzerland is a land where crime is virtually unknown, yet most Swiss males are required by law to keep in their homes what amounts to a portable, personal machine gun.
    — Tom Clancy
    tags: crimes  personal  law  machine 
     
    The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.
    — Tom Clancy
    tags: fiction 
     
    Whenever somebody comes up with a good idea, there's somebody else who has never had a good idea in his life who stands up and says, Oh, you can't do that.
    — Tom Clancy
    tags: ideas 
     
    Life is about learning; when you stop learning, you die.
    — Tom Clancy
    tags: die  learning 
     
    The control of information is something the elite always does, particularly in a despotic form of government. Information, knowledge, is power. If you can control information, you can control people.
    — Tom Clancy
    Man is a creature of hope and invention, both of which belie the idea that things cannot be changed.
    — Tom Clancy
    tags: men  hope  ideas 
     
    What the government is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people. It's not good at much else.
    — Tom Clancy
    Fix your eyes forward on what you can do, not back on what you cannot change.
    — Tom Clancy
    tags: eyes 
     
    The good old days are now.
    — Tom Clancy
    I think it's going to be remembered as the last major war on planet Earth, if we're lucky, if we maintain our foreign policy properly. ... It will be remembered as the last time major countries had to put people in the field and put them in harm's way. It may be the last of all human nature wars, which is a nice way to remember any kind of a war, as the last one.
    — Tom Clancy
    tags: time  nature  people  human  earth  war 
     
    I'm a spy... I worked for the CIA 15 years. The cover was I worked for the insurance business.
    — Tom Clancy
    tags: business  year 
     
    I don't discuss works in progress ...
    — Tom Clancy
    tags: work  progress 
     
    Anti-Catholicism is the last respectable prejudice. You can't hate black people anymore, of course, and you can't hate homosexuals anymore, but you can hate all the Catholics you want.
    — Tom Clancy
    tags: people  hate  prejudice  black 
     
    When I go to peoples' houses I like to sneak into their bedrooms and try on their underwear.
    — Tom Clancy
    I write strictly for fun... as long as it stays fun I'll continue to do it.
    — Tom Clancy
    tags: fun  write 
     
    Nothing is as real as a dream. The world can change about you, but your dream will not. It will always be your link with the person, young and full of hope. If you hold on to it you may grow old but you will never be old. And that is the ultimate success
    — Tom Clancy
    tags: people  world  young  real  hope  dreams  success 
     
    "Literature" is written material that, 100 years after the death of the author, is forced upon high school students.
    — Tom Clancy
    tags: death  school  author  year 
     
    I think about the characters I've created and then I sit down and start typing and see what they will do. There's a lot of subconscious thought that goes on. It amazes me to find out, a few chapters later, why I put someone in a certain place when I did. It's spooky.
    — Tom Clancy
    Sunday was the normal day for the political awareness session at sea. Ordinarily Putin would have officiated, reading some Pravada editorials, followed by selected quotations from the works of Lenin and a discussion of the lessons to be learned from the readings. It is very much like a church service.
    — Tom Clancy
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    tom clancy
    Birth    : April 12, 1947
    Death  : October 1, 2013
    Occupation  : Novelist