Quotes from Debt of Honor

Tom Clancy ·  990 pages

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“Of all human lamentations, without doubt, the most common is if only I had known. But we can't know, and so days of death and fire so often begin no differently than those of love and warmth.”
― Tom Clancy, quote from Debt of Honor


“The remarkable thing was that everyone accepted the entire process, seemingly as normal as physical laws of nature, despite the fact that it was really as ethereal as a rainbow. The money did not physically exist. Even “real” money was only specially made paper printed with black ink on the front and green on the back. What backed the money was not gold or something of intrinsic value, but rather the collective belief that money had value because it had to have such value.”
― Tom Clancy, quote from Debt of Honor


“A lively discussion is usually helpful, because the hottest fire makes the hardest steel.”
― Tom Clancy, quote from Debt of Honor


“ Visto despuès, podría parecer un modo extraño de empezar una guerra. Solo uno de los implicados sabía de lo que de verdad sucedía, y por casualidad ”
― Tom Clancy, quote from Debt of Honor


“War is the ultimate criminal act, an armed robbery writ large. And it’s always about greed. It’s always a nation that wants something another nation has. And you defeat that nation by recognizing what it wants and denying it to them.”
― Tom Clancy, quote from Debt of Honor



“What backed the money was not gold or something of intrinsic value, but rather the collective belief that money had value because it had to have such value.”
― Tom Clancy, quote from Debt of Honor


“We cannot fail to win—unless we fail to try.”
― Tom Clancy, quote from Debt of Honor


“Diplomatic exchange combined the worst aspects of explaining things to a toddler and talking with a mother-in-law. It was dull, it was tedious, it was exasperating, and it was necessary.”
― Tom Clancy, quote from Debt of Honor


“Intelligence people are no different from anybody else. They have preconceptions, and when they see them in real life, it reinforces how brilliant they think they are.”
― Tom Clancy, quote from Debt of Honor


“Like many weak men, he made a great ceremony of personal strength and power.”
― Tom Clancy, quote from Debt of Honor



“There was nothing like an appeal to honor. It was a virtue that all craved, even those who lacked it. Fundamentally, honor was itself a debt, a code of behavior, a promise, something inside yourself that you owed to the others who saw it in you.”
― Tom Clancy, quote from Debt of Honor


“He had to do so many things and make each appear as though it were the only thing he had to do. He had to compartmentalize everything, when on one task to pretend that the others didn't exist.”
― Tom Clancy, quote from Debt of Honor


“never pick up a baby to kiss it," trent said. "they always puke on you, and somebody always gets a picture. always kiss the baby in the mom's arms.”
― Tom Clancy, quote from Debt of Honor


“You have to know the things you don’t know. You have to figure out what the questions are before you can start looking for answers.”
― Tom Clancy, quote from Debt of Honor


“if you don’t write it down—” “Then it never happened.”
― Tom Clancy, quote from Debt of Honor



“landing a helicopter aboard a ship reminded him of two porcupines making love. It wasn’t lack of willingness; it was just that you couldn’t afford any mistakes.     They”
― Tom Clancy, quote from Debt of Honor


About the author

Tom Clancy
Born place: in Baltimore County, Maryland, The United States
Born date April 12, 1947
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