In every thriller written about Washington, particularly after 9/11, there are good guys and there are bad guys, and there's no gray area at all.— David Baldacci
The most bashful David Baldacci quotes that are glad to read
It's often said that God works in mysterious ways.
You have to really think about what He's trying to do. You can't be lazy and believe in God; He doesn't make it that easy. It takes spirit and faith and passion to really believe. Like most things worthwhile in life, you get back what you put into it. Only with faith, you get back a lot more.
The military is a very cool world to write about.
I went down to Ft. Benning, Ga., for military training, and I learned a lot about soldiers and officers and why they joined up and what their life has been like.
I'm scattered, and then that last hundred pages, bam, I'm a laser.
Most people associate reading with laying on the beach.
They don't see that it's crucial for a democracy!
As a lawyer, as a private citizen, you see a lot of injustice.
You see a lot of people who should have been punished and are not, and people who were punished wrongfully are not vindicated. Fiction is sort of a way to set the record straight, and let people at least believe that justice can be achieved and the right outcomes can occur.
As my father wrote, one's courage, hope, and spirit can be severely tried by the happenstance of life. But as I learned on this Virginia mountain, so long as one never loses faith, it is impossible to ever truly be alone.
Today might not be so good. But tomorrow, you got another chance to get it right.
Fiction is sort of a way to set the record straight, and let people at least believe that justice can be achieved and the right outcomes can occur.
But protagonists are protagonists and heroes are heroes.
It's not getting from A to B. It's not the beginning or the destination that counts. It's the ride in between...This train is alive with things that should be seen and heard. It's a living, breathing something -- you just have to want to learn its rhythm.
When a poor man gives something, that is a sacrifice indeed.
When a rich man gives something, it hardly rises to the same level.
Some people take 10 years to write a book and some can do one in under a year.
You haven't yet seen me be rude. When I am it's unmistakable. - Michelle Maxwell.
I'm driven to go out and find new things to write about.
People have given me classified information, but always with the disclaimer 'This can never end up in a book.' And it never does.
It's my experience that most folk who ride trains could care less where they're going. For them it's the journey itself and the people they meet along the way. You see, at every stop this train makes, a little bit of America, a little bit of your country, gets on and says hello.
The human spirit was the strongest medicine on earth.
And sometimes all it needed was a little encouragement to pull off a miracle.
Assumptions are dangerous things. I like facts a lot better.
People who have expertise just love to share it. That's human nature.
I'd read a lot of thrillers about politicians and presidents, but never one where you flip the stereotypes and make good people bad and bad people good.
The real worth of a person came from how he acted during the bad times. (John Fiske)
But if I worried too much about publishers' expectations, I'd probably paralyze myself and not be able to write anything.
As a lawyer, as a private citizen, you see a lot of injustice.
I'm ever curious about the world. I'm driven to go out and find new things to write about. Having a vivid imagination is also a plus.
I'm a wicked ping-pong player.
That's what civilization sometimes did to threats, real or perceived.
They walled them off. Us against them. Survival of the fittest. You die so I can live.
Because life doesn't work that way. You can do everything perfectly. Do everything you think you're supposed to be doing. Fulfill every expectation that other people may have. And you still won't get the results you think you deserve. Life is crazy and maddening and often makes no sense.
Small mistakes tend to lead to large ones.
Ours is a lifetime appoinment, and all you have is your reputation. Once it's gone, it doesn't comeback.
Libraries rock! Not a sermon, just a fact.
As a kid I was a library rat and books changed my life. They can change yours.
Pender laughed. "Verify? In this day and age? Who cares about verifying anything? It's all about the speed. Who gets there first defines the truth. You know that as well as any man living.
I look for material that both interest me and challenges me.
If I am drawn to the material and I have to work hard at it, the characters and the plots reflect the hours and hours of research.
I'm ever curious about the world.
Time doesn't really heal, it just makes you not to give a crap
Nothing, absolutely nothing, was above corruption so long as human beings were involved.
Anyone who's lived has lost somebody.
Why can't people just sit and read books and be nice to each other?
Only I could drink a thousand drinks and never forget a damn thing.
I would just remember every detail of the thousand drinks down to the shapes of the ice cubes.
Why waste time trying to discover the truth, when you can so easily create it?
You learn a lot about a person when she saves your life, - Mecho
A young man's ambition, can there be a more fleeting prospect?
I can write with a crying child on my lap. I have. Often.
It's the hardest thing in the world to put yourself in someone else's place, try to really feel what they feel, figure out why they do the things they do. Especially when it's easier to stick a label on something. Or someone.
Shaw, we're going to die, aren't we?" Probably. Why?" Just wanted confirmation.
Half truths were a wonderful way to inspire credibility.
It's not the beginning or the destination that counts. It's the ride in between.
Trapped in a trap of your own making.
Passion is a rare commodity. When you find it, treasure it and never give it up!
Most folks here got rules 'bout trespassing.
Warning shot's fired right close to the head. Get they's attention. Next shot gets a lot more personal. Now I'm too old to waste time firing a warning shot.
Confidence is one thing, disrespect is quite another. (Justice Elizabeth Knight)