There are people in government who don't want other people to know what they know. It's just another example of elitism. And I spit on elitism. Show me an elitist, and I'll show you a loser.

— Tom Clancy

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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.


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


America is the most inventive country in the world.

Why? Because everybody has access to information. In the Soviet Union it was illegal to take a photograph of a train station. Look what happened to them.


The good old days are now.


Fix your eyes forward on what you can do, not back on what you cannot change.


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


The, amateurs discuss tactics,.... Professional soldiers study logistics.


What the government is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people. It's not good at much else.


The smaller the mind, the greater the ego.


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.


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.


About Tom Clancy

Quotes 120 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Novelist
Birthday October 16

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


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 am a politician which means I am a liar and a crook.

When I am not kissing babies I am stealing their lollypops.


Collaboration on a book is the ultimate unnatural act.


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.


Information, knowledge, is power. If you can control information, you can control people.


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?


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.


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.


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 Good of the People was a laudable enough goal, but in denying a man's soul, an enduring part of his being, Marxism stripped away the foundation of human dignity and individual value. It also cast aside the objective measure of justice and ethics which, he decided, was the principal legacy of religion to civilized life.


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


I've made up stuff that's turned out to be real, that's the spooky part.


What do I know about sex? I'm a married man.


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.


Being a victim is more palatable than having to recognize the intrinsic contradictions of one's own governing philosophy.


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.


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


Of all human lamentations, without doubt, the most common is if only I had known. But we can't know, and so days of death and fire so often begin no differently than those of love and warmth.


Most things in here don't react well to bullets.


Anti-Catholicism is the last respectable prejudice. You can


I understand why we do that now. It’s a help, not a threat. It’s something to remind you how important words are. Ideas are important. Principles are important. Words are important. Your word is the most important of all. Your word is who you are.


Suspense is achieved by information control: What you know.

What the reader knows. What the characters know.


All field agents have some cowboy in them – even the ones from New York.


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.


Learn to write the same way you learn to play golf.

You do it and keep doing it until you get it right.


Christ, how did you ever get this screwed up! his mind demanded of him.

He knew the answer, but even that was not a full explanation. Different segments of the organism called John Terrance Kelly knew different parts of the whole story, but somehow they'd never all come together, leaving the separate fragments of what had ...once been a tough, smart, decisive and to blunder about in confusion - and despair! There was a happy thought.


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.


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


You learn to write the same way you learn to play golf.

.. You do it, and keep doing it until you get it right. A lot of people think something mystical happens to you, that maybe the muse kisses you on the ear. But writing isn’t divinely inspired – it’s hard work.


Once you stop believing in Santa Claus, the whole world just goes downhill.


I do not over-intellectualise the production process.

I try to keep it simple: Tell the damned story.


Ice hockey is the closest thing to religion permitted by the Soviet Union.


The only person who has artistic control is the director, and 'director' is how you spell God in Hollywood.


There is more to military units than hardware.

There is the character of the unit's personnel: their strengths, experience, and knowledge, their ability to get along and work together amid the horrors of the battlefield. There is an almost undefinable quality. That quality is the Marine Corps' secret weapon. Their edge. That quality is their ethos.


I don't discuss works in progress.


Privacy and loneliness were the traditional luxuries accorded to a skipper.