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.
In battle, you forgive a man anything except an unwillingness to take risks. Sometimes you have to put it on the line.
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.
The objective of a terrorist is to create political change in the society he targets.
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.
The role of fiction is supposed to be divorced from the role of reality.
I wanted to see my name on the cover of a book. If your name is in the Library of Congress, you're immortal.
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.
Victory comes only to those prepared to make it, and take it.
Fundamentally, I think of myself as a storyteller, not a writer.
I've made up stuff that's turned out to be real, that's the spooky part.
Never ask what sort of computer a guy drives. If he's a Mac user, he'll tell you. If not, why embarrass him?
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.
No matter what you or anyone else does, there will be someone who says that there's something bad about it.
I am a politician which means I am a liar and a crook. When I am not kissing babies I am stealing their lollypops.
The Only way to do all the things you'd like to do is to read
We cannot fail to win unless we fail to try.
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.
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?
I do not over-intellectualize the production process. I try to keep it simple: Tell the damned story.
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.
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.
The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.
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.
Life is about learning; when you stop learning, you die.
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.
Man is a creature of hope and invention, both of which belie the idea that things cannot be changed.
What the government is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people. It's not good at much else.
Fix your eyes forward on what you can do, not back on what you cannot change.
The good old days are now.
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.
I'm a spy... I worked for the CIA 15 years. The cover was I worked for the insurance business.
I don't discuss works in 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.
When I go to peoples' houses I like to sneak into their bedrooms and try on their underwear.
I write strictly for fun... as long as it stays fun I'll continue to do it.
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
"Literature" is written material that, 100 years after the death of the author, is forced upon high school students.
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.
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.