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.

The objective of a terrorist is to create political change in the society he targets.

Never ask what sort of computer a guy drives. If he's a Mac user, he'll tell you. If not, why embarrass him?

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.

There used to be this country called the Soviet Union; it's not there anymore. Our technology was better than theirs.

Learn to write the same way you learn to play golf. You do it and keep doing it until you get it right.

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.

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

The human condition today is better than it's ever been, and technology is one of the reasons for that.

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

America is the most inventive country in the world because everybody has access to information.

Wars are begun by frightened men.

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

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.

I do not over-intellectualise the production process. I try to keep it simple: Tell the damned story.

Books and movies are different art forms with different rules. And because of that, they never translate exactly.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

The role of fiction is supposed to be divorced from the role of reality.

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

Success will ruin your life.

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

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?

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

Probably what pushed the Russians over the edge was SDI. They realized they couldn't beat us.

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.

The good old days are now.

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

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

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?

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