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.
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?
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 Only way to do all the things you'd like to do is to read
I've made up stuff that's turned out to be real, that's the spooky part.
In battle, you forgive a man anything except an unwillingness to take risks. Sometimes you have to put it on the line.
No matter what you or anyone else does, there will be someone who says that there's something bad about it.
Fundamentally, I think of myself as a storyteller, not a writer.
Collaboration on a book is the ultimate unnatural act.
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.
Bill Clinton is a man who thinks international affairs means dating a girl from out of town.
When you have stopped learning you have begun to die.
I am a politician which means I am a liar and a crook. When I am not kissing babies I am stealing their lollypops.
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