The good old days are now.
Fix your eyes forward on what you can do, not back on what you cannot change.
What the government is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people. It's not good at much else.
I do not over-intellectualise the production process. I try to keep it simple: Tell the damned story.
Man is a creature of hope and invention, both of which belie the idea that things cannot be changed.
Nothing is as real as a dream. The world can change around you, but your dream will not. Responsibilities need not erase it. Duties need not obscure it. Because the dream is within you, no one can take it away.
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.
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 is about learning; when you stop learning, you die.
The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.
Washington D.C. is about 300 square miles surrounded by realty.
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.
I do not over-intellectualize the production process. I try to keep it simple: Tell the damned story.
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.
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?
We cannot fail to win unless we fail to try.
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.
I wanted to see my name on the cover of a book. If your name is in the Library of Congress, you're immortal.
Collaboration on a book is the ultimate unnatural act.
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.
The point of life was to press on, to do the best you can, to make the world a better place.
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.
(Stereotyping) is only for those without the imagination to see people as they are instead of being like someone else they understand.
Courage is being the only only one who knows how terrified you are.
Fundamentally, I think of myself as a storyteller, not a writer.
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