There's been historical conflict between China and Russia for well over 1,000 years,
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?
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.
My wife will tell you I'm practically addicted to the History Channel, ... And I read a lot of history.
I've made up stuff that's turned out to be real, that's the spooky part.
Probably what pushed the Russians over the edge was SDI. They realized they couldn't beat us.
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 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.
Never ask what sort of computer a guy drives. If he's a Mac user, he'll tell you. If not, why embarrass him?
The difference between reality and fiction Fiction has to make sense.
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.
Show me an elitist, and I'll show you a loser.
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.
No matter what you or anyone else does, there will be someone who says that there's something bad about it.
I think it's going to be remembered as the last major war on planet Earth, if we're lucky, if we maintain our foreign policy properly, ... It will be remembered as the last time major countries had to put people in the field and put them in harm's way. It may be the last of all human nature wars, which is a nice way to remember any kind of a war, as the last one.
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.
There used to be this country called the Soviet Union; it's not there anymore. Our technology was better than theirs.
What do I know about sex? I'm a married man.
The thing you have to understand about fighter pilots is they never quite grow past the stage of little boys buzzing past girls on their bicycles,
My vision for this book and the others in the series is to let people know what kind of commanders we have, ... You don't pick generals off park benches. ... They are experts at what they do and lot of thinking goes into it. And I want to get across to people the intellectual dimension of command, to let people know that it's hard to be a general. And the people we have with general stars on their shoulders are pretty smart and pretty good guys.
America is the most inventive country in the world because everybody has access to information.
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.
Collaboration on a book is the ultimate unnatural act.
Along the way he also learned one or two things about leadership and national security and what our country is all about and what we're trying to do in the world.
The good old days are now.
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.
There are two kinds of people: the ones who need to be told and the ones who figure it out all by themselves.
The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.
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.
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