The only person who has artistic control is the director, and 'director' is how you spell God in Hollywood.
The objective of a terrorist is to create political change in the society he targets.
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 good old days are now.
The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.
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.
What do I know about sex? I'm a married man.
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.
In battle, you forgive a man anything except an unwillingness to take risks. Sometimes you have to put it on the line.
Books and movies are different art forms with different rules. And because of that, they never translate exactly.
Show me an elitist, and I'll show you a loser.
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?
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. Your life may change, but your dream doesn't have to. Responsibilities need not erase it. Duties need not obscure it.
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.
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.
Learn to write the same way you learn to play golf. You do it and keep doing it until you get it right.
Life is about learning; when you stop learning, you die.
No matter what you or anyone else does, there will be someone who says that there's something bad about it.