tom clancy Quotes

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.
tags: character thoughts
— Tom Clancy
In battle, you forgive a man anything except an unwillingness to take risks. Sometimes you have to put it on the line.
tags: men risk battle
— Tom Clancy
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.
tags: author
— Tom Clancy
The objective of a terrorist is to create political change in the society he targets.
tags: society political
— Tom Clancy
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.
tags: people war
— Tom Clancy
The role of fiction is supposed to be divorced from the role of reality.
tags: reality fiction
— Tom Clancy
I wanted to see my name on the cover of a book. If your name is in the Library of Congress, you're immortal.
tags: immortal book library congress
— 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.
tags: victory
— Tom Clancy
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.
tags: real
— Tom Clancy
Never ask what sort of computer a guy drives. If he's a Mac user, he'll tell you. If not, why embarrass him?
tags: hell computer
— Tom Clancy
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.
tags: people fight job military kids
— Tom Clancy
No matter what you or anyone else does, there will be someone who says that there's something bad about it.
tags: bad
— Tom Clancy
I am a politician which means I am a liar and a crook. When I am not kissing babies I am stealing their lollypops.
tags: kissing liar
— Tom Clancy
The Only way to do all the things you'd like to do is to read
tags: read
— Tom Clancy
We cannot fail to win unless we fail to try.
tags: fail
— Tom Clancy
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.
tags: world victory book success
— Tom Clancy
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?
tags: people live communication technology
— Tom Clancy
I do not over-intellectualize the production process. I try to keep it simple: Tell the damned story.
tags: process stories
— Tom Clancy
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.
tags: people society live right wrong read
— Tom Clancy
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.
tags: crimes personal law machine
— Tom Clancy
The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.
tags: fiction
— Tom Clancy
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.
tags: ideas
— Tom Clancy
Life is about learning; when you stop learning, you die.
tags: die learning
— Tom Clancy
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.
tags: people power control government
— Tom Clancy
Man is a creature of hope and invention, both of which belie the idea that things cannot be changed.
tags: men hope ideas
— Tom Clancy
What the government is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people. It's not good at much else.
tags: people freedom government tax
— Tom Clancy
Fix your eyes forward on what you can do, not back on what you cannot change.
tags: eyes
— Tom Clancy
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.
tags: time nature people human earth war
— Tom Clancy
I'm a spy... I worked for the CIA 15 years. The cover was I worked for the insurance business.
tags: business year
— Tom Clancy
I don't discuss works in progress ...
tags: work progress
— Tom Clancy
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.
tags: people hate prejudice black
— Tom Clancy
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.
tags: fun write
— Tom Clancy
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
tags: people world young real hope dreams success
— Tom Clancy
"Literature" is written material that, 100 years after the death of the author, is forced upon high school students.
tags: death school author year
— Tom Clancy
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.
tags: character thoughts
— 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.
tags: work lessons service church political reading
— Tom Clancy