Tom Clancy

(Thomas Leo Clancy Jr.)

Tom Clancy
Tom Clancy
  • Born: April 12, 1947
  • Died: October 1, 2013
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Novelist

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Thomas Leo Clancy Jr. was an American novelist best known for his technically detailed espionage and military-science storylines set during and after the Cold War. Seventeen of his novels were bestsellers, and more than 100 million copies of his books are in print. His name was also used on movie scripts written by ghostwriters, nonfiction books on military subjects, and video games. He was a part-owner of the Baltimore Orioles and vice-chairman of their community activities and public affairs committees.

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A politician would rather face bayonets than admit that he had a bad idea. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Battles are not won as frequently by geniuses as they are lost by idiots. War & Peace
Democracy is a self-correcting mechanism. Democracies & Republics
I’ve been asked to run for public office three times now, and each time I’ve managed to escape with my virtue intact. I said, no. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
President William Clinton is a man who thinks international affairs means dating a girl from out of town. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
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 Secrecy & Transparency
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Power ;Government
They want what every first term administration wants—a second term. Voters, Voting & Elections
What the government is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people. It’s not good at much else. Government
America is the most inventive country in the world because everybody has access to information.
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.
Books and movies are different art forms with different rules. And because of that, they never translate exactly. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Collaboration on a book is the ultimate unnatural act.
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.
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.
Fundamentally, I think of myself as a storyteller, not a writer.
Helicopters don't fly, they vibrate so badly the ground rejects them.
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.
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.
I wanted to see my name on the cover of a book. If your name is in the Library of Congress, you're immortal.
I was one of the first generations to watch television. TV exposes people to news, to information, to knowledge, to entertainment. How is it bad? Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
In battle, you forgive a man anything except an unwillingness to take risks. Sometimes you have to put it on the line.
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.
It's not right to say that our loss in Vietnam turned out to be a gain. But lessons were learned. And they were the right lessons.
I've made up stuff that's turned out to be real, that's the spooky part.
Learn to write the same way you learn to play golf. You do it and keep doing it until you get it right.
Life is about learning; when you stop learning, you die. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Life
Man is a creature of hope and invention, both of which belie the idea that things cannot be changed. Hope
Never ask what sort of computer a guy drives. If he's a Mac user, he'll tell you. If not, why embarrass him?
No matter what you or anyone else does, there will be someone who says that there's something bad about it.
Nothing is as real as a dream. The world can change around you, but your dream will not. Your life may change, but your dream doesn't have to. Responsibilities need not erase it. Duties need not obscure it. Life
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? Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Probably what pushed the Russians over the edge was SDI. They realized they couldn't beat us.
Show me an elitist, and I'll show you a loser.
Success will ruin your life. Life ;Success
The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.
The good old days are now.
The human condition today is better than it's ever been, and technology is one of the reasons for that. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The objective of a terrorist is to create political change in the society he targets. Society
The only person who has artistic control is the director, and 'director' is how you spell God in Hollywood. Religion & God
The role of fiction is supposed to be divorced from the role of reality.
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.
There are two kinds of people: the ones who need to be told, and the ones who figure it out all by themselves.
There used to be this country called the Soviet Union; it's not there anymore. Our technology was better than theirs. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
There was a time when nails were high-tech. There was a time when people had to be told how to use a telephone. Technology is just a tool. People use tools to improve their lives. Time ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Wars are begun by frightened men.
What do I know about sex? I'm a married man.
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. War & Peace
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