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.
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.
Life is about learning; when you stop learning, you die.
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.
The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.
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 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.
I do not over-intellectualize the production process. I try to keep it simple: Tell the damned story.
Being a victim is more palatable than having to recognize the intrinsic contradictions of one's own governing philosophy.
Victory comes only to those prepared to make it, and take it.
The point of life was to press on, to do the best you can, to make the world a better place.
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.
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.
The Only way to do all the things you'd like to do is to read
In battle, you forgive a man anything except an unwillingness to take risks. Sometimes you have to put it on the line.
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.
I wanted to see my name on the cover of a book. If your name is in the Library of Congress, you're immortal.
Fundamentally, I think of myself as a storyteller, not a writer.
Probably what pushed the Russians over the edge was SDI. They realized they couldn't beat us.
There used to be this country called the Soviet Union; it's not there anymore. Our technology was better than theirs.
Collaboration on a book is the ultimate unnatural act.
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