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#1. Nothing is as real as a dream. Responsibilities need not erase it. Duties need not obscure it. Because the dream is within you, no one can take it away. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#2. Diplomacy was like a card game. The difference was that you never really knew the value of the cards in your own hand. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#3. The only real difference between a wise man and a fool, Moore knew, was that the wise man tended to make more serious mistakes - and only because no one trusted a fool with really crucial decisions; only the wise had the opportunity to lose battles, or nations. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#4. 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. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#5. One thing about flying that he never got used to was that no matter how awful the weather was on the ground, if you flew high enough you could always find the sun. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#6. You will come to understand how they work, their dedication and the personal sacrifices they make. For these are truly the people who stand guard on the walls of freedom, while the rest of us sleep safely in our homes. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#7. Every country in the world had a bureaucracy, whose entire purpose was to delay important things from happening. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#8. I'm tired of all this. What ever happened to honesty, Arnie? What ever happened to telling the goddamned truth? It's all a fucking game here, and the object of the game isn't to do the right thing, the object of the game is to stay here. It's not supposed to be that way! - Author: Tom Clancy
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#9. Back in pre-Revolutionary America cruel and unusual punishment meant the rack and burning at the stake ... in more recent rulings it has been taken to mean the absence of cable television and denial of sex-change operations, or just overcrowding in the prisons. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#10. Keep at it! The one talent that's indispensable to a writer is persistence. You must write the book, else there is no book. It will not finish itself. Do not try to commit art. Just tell the damned story. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#11. America is the most inventive country in the world because everybody has access to information. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#12. How strange that he should feel trapped by plans he himself had set in motion. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#13. explained, finally picking - Author: Tom Clancy
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#14. Efficiency was a concept foreign to most government agencies, not because there was anything wrong with the people, but because nobody had ever told them to do better. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#15. the problem with so secure a place was that it depended absolutely on secrecy which, once blown, became a fatal liability - Author: Tom Clancy
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#16. We cannot fail to win - unless we fail to try. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#17. All history is really nothing more than the application of ideology to the past. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#18. The only difference between a wise man and a fool was in the magnitude of his mistakes. To err was human, and the smarter and more powerful you were, the greater the scope of your screwup. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#19. I do not over-intellectualize the production process. I try to keep it simple: Tell the damned story. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#20. After you stop believing in santa claus, the whole world just goes downhill - Author: Tom Clancy
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#21. 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. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#22. He was learning to curse his newly acquired status as resident genius. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#23. Collaboration on a book is the ultimate unnatural act. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#24. Liberation and equal-rights issues notwithstanding, it was a man's job to make a woman feel cherished and respected. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#25. Probably what pushed the Russians over the edge was SDI. They realized they couldn't beat us. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#26. Success will ruin your life. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#27. He continued along the route that he had reconnoitered the morning before. And the morning before that. He needed to change his route some to see if he was actually being followed. His instincts said he was clear, but his training ordered him to make sure. - Author: J.T. Patten
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#28. and friendly fire would hurt just as bad as enemy fire. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#29. Man is a creature of hope and invention, both of which belie the idea that things cannot be changed. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#30. The only people Ryan needed to impress were those who knew him; he cared little for the rest. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#31. 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? - Author: Tom Clancy
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#32. If you give people a firm opinion, you run the risk of being wrong. Guess what? People remember when you're wrong a lot more often than when you're right. So the tendency is to include all the possibilities. It's intellectually honest, even. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#33. Find the enemy. Don't let the enemy find you. Reconnaissance! Reconnaissance! Reconnaissance! - Author: Tom Clancy
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#34. Poor people have poor options. Chavez found the Army almost by accident, and had found it a true open of security and opportunity and fellowship and respect. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#35. The coat went over his shoulder. It was too hot here for that, and hotter still where he was going. He'd have to wear a coat there. It was expected, one of those curious rules of formal behavior that demanded the maximum discomfort to attain the proper degree of decorum. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#36. office just wasn't a very good place for thinking, but every executive in the world pretended it was. Christ - Author: Tom Clancy
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#37. A rare academic (was) a man who knew what he didn't know. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#38. Each of a hundred ships, built by the same men at the same yard to the same plans, will have her own special characteristics--most of them bad, really, but after her crew becomes accustomed to them they are spoken of affectionately, particularly in retrospect. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#39. Learn to write the same way you learn to play golf. You do it and keep doing it until you get it right. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#40. People, I am actually fairly smart. Why has this not occurred to anyone? The information is all out there, if you go looking for it, and the classified stuff just comes from analyzing the unclassified stuff and connecting the dots ... - Author: Tom Clancy
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#41. For the Marines, it validated their claim of "first to fight." They were the first Allied ground force to take the offensive against Axis forces in World War II, a point they still take pride in today. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#42. The noblest of ideas have always been protected by warriors. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#43. You respect a man who says what he believes, even if you disagree with it? - Author: Tom Clancy
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#44. Giving your book to Hollywood is like turning your daughter over to a pimp, - Author: Tom Clancy
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#45. He had to do so many things and make each appear as though it were the only thing he had to do. He had to compartmentalize everything, when on one task to pretend that the others didn't exist. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#46. I write strictly for fun ... as long as it stays fun I'll continue to do it. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#47. 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. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#48. They were wheels-up in less than fifteen minutes. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#49. It's a leadership function. They taught me that at Quantico. The troops have to see you doing the job. They have to know you're there for them. And I have to be sure that it's all real, that I actually am the President. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#50. 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. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#51. If you don't write it down, it never happened.
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#52. Marine. Say the word to any American, and you can count on a strong reaction. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#53. I don't discuss works in progress ... - Author: Tom Clancy
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#54. An overnight success is ten years in the making. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#55. He had to grow his own NCOs. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#56. A stunner ... reminds me of Tom Clancy at his finest. - Author: James Rollins
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#57. Wars are begun by frightened men. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#58. What am I supposed to do about you? - Author: Tom Clancy
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#59. Jack ordered a bottle of pinot noir, and they perused the menu while they chatted. "So you were at Georgetown." Melanie said it as a statement. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#60. Morituri Non Cognant (Those Who are About to Die, Just Don't know) - Author: Tom Clancy
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#61. 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. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#62. One presidential advisor to another: If the world made sense, we'd all have to find honest work. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#63. Yes,' Smirnov answered, 'he was on a nuclear-powered submarine. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#64. Colleges typically did not tell you that ninety percent of your education came after you hung the parchment on the wall. People might ask for a rebate. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#65. attack was coming. The - Author: Tom Clancy
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#66. There is an old saying: In history nothing is true but the names and dates. In fiction everything is true but the names and dates. The difference between reality and fiction? Fiction has to make sense. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#67. The first rumors about Zenith came from the Czechoslovakians. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#68. Everything was politics, and politics was ideology, and ideology came down to personal prejudices rather than the quest for truth. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#69. That's the ultimate pornography There's nothing more pornographic than glorifying war. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#70. It's all about intelligence; and intelligence comes down to a bunch of faceless bureaucrats sifting through all this crap. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#71. The five hundred feet up the square-spiral staircase - Author: Tom Clancy
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#72. The only way to do all the things you'd like to do is to read - Author: Tom Clancy
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#73. good data organized effectively was the most important commodity for any analyst. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#74. The pinnacle of power in China is the nine-member Politburo Standing Committee, the tiny body that sets policy for the nation's 1.4 billion citizens. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#75. You can always find an expert to confirm your belief, no matter how ridiculous. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#76. When I started writing, I was reading people such as Tom Clancy or Michael Crichton, who did 'Jurassic Park,' which is possibly the most action-filled book you'll read, apart from mine, and I said to myself, 'Why aren't these guys doing big-scale action like you would see in a movie?' - Author: Matthew Reilly
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#77. She didn't strike me as a "crossword in ink" kind of girl - Author: Tom Clancy
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#78. Intelligence people are no different from anybody else. They have preconceptions, and when they see them in real life, it reinforces how brilliant they think they are. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#79. What do I know about sex? I'm a married man. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#80. Never ask what sort of computer a guy drives. If he's a Mac user, he'll tell you. If not, why embarrass him? - Author: Tom Clancy
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#81. Ice hockey is the closest thing to religion permitted by the Soviet Union. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#82. Remember, for every shot you fire, someone, somewhere, is making money. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#83. Robert, that's a little too far off the wall, I think, Greer analyzed. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#84. When I go to peoples' houses I like to sneak into their bedrooms and try on their underwear. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#85. Life was such a strange thing, so permanent when one had it, so fleeting when it was lost- and those who lost it could never tell you what it was like, could they? - Author: Tom Clancy
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#86. 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. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#87. Not a very nice place is it?" rosen asked as they came back for the last load.
"they say there's a hundred different kinds of snake there. ninety-nine are poisonous."
"and the other one?"
kelly handed a carton over to the doctor. "that one eats your ass whole. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#88. You just had to apply judgment to your action, and such judgment came with experience - but experience often came from bad decisions. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#89. I am a politician which means I am a liar and a crook. When I am not kissing babies I am stealing their lollypops. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#90. Life is about learning; when you stop learning, you die. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#91. Those whom the gods would destroy, they first make proud, - Author: Tom Clancy
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#92. I'm never going to be a Tom Clancy. And I wouldn't really want to be - not that I have anything against him, and I wish him continued success - because that's not why I'm writing novels. I'm doing it because I have to. I feel like I have to, anyway. - Author: Michael Chabon
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#93. If you want to kick the tiger in his ass you'd better have a plan for dealing with his teeth - Author: Tom Clancy
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#94. From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli, We will fight our country's battles in the air, on land and sea. First to fight for right and freedom, and to keep our honor clean, We are proud to claim the title of United States Marines. - Marine Corps Hymn - Author: Tom Clancy
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#95. In a toxic, festering sort o' way... - Author: Tom Clancy
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#96. There used to be this country called the Soviet Union; it's not there anymore. Our technology was better than theirs. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#97. The first step in accomplishing any goal was deciding that it was possible. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#98. A bureaucrat who said no to everything rarely got in trouble. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#99. Books and movies are different art forms with different rules. And because of that, they never translate exactly. - Author: Tom Clancy
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#100. I'm a spy ... I worked for the CIA 15 years. The cover was I worked for the insurance business. - Author: Tom Clancy
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