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Tom Clancy quotes

The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.

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.

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.

Nothing is as real as a dream. The world can change around you, but your dream will not. Responsibilities need not erase it. Duties need not obscure it. Because the dream is within you, no one can take it away.

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?

There are two kinds of people: the ones who need to be told and the ones who figure it out all by themselves.

Fundamentally, I think of myself as a storyteller, not a writer.

I wanted to see my name on the cover of a book. If your name is in the Library of Congress, you're immortal.

In battle, you forgive a man anything except an unwillingness to take risks. Sometimes you have to put it on the line.

Helicopters don't fly, they vibrate so badly the ground rejects them.

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.

Man is a creature of hope and invention, both of which belie the idea that things cannot be changed.

No matter what you or anyone else does, there will be someone who says that there's something bad about it.

Success will ruin your life.

The good old days are now.

Fighting wars is not so much about killing people as it is about finding things out. The more you know, the more likely you are to win a battle.

In the Soviet Union it was illegal to take a photograph of a train station. Look what happened to them. They tried to classify everything.

Life is about learning; when you stop learning, you die.

Show me an elitist, and I'll show you a loser.