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Ken Follett Quotes and Sayings
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The CIA's research program is described in a book called
The Search for the Manchurian Candidate.
- Ken Follett

In my books, women often solve the problem.
Even if the woman is not the hero, she's a strong character.
She does change the plot.
She'll often rescue the male character from some situation.
- Ken Follett

The research is the easiest.
The outline is the most fun.
The first draft is the hardest, because every word
of the outline has to be fleshed out.
The rewrite is very satisfying.
- Ken Follett

My favorite period is World War II, and I'm in the
middle of writing my fourth novel set in that era.
- Ken Follett

 

Thrillers have been traditionally very masculine books;
the women characters often rather decorative.
- Ken Follett

It was the most romantic plane ever made.
- Ken Follett

There was a very serious communist strain among American
intellectuals before the war.
America was a more tolerant place in those days,
and Communists were not treated as pariahs.
That ended with the McCarthy era.
- Ken Follett

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We all now tell stories by cutting from one dramatic scene to the next,
whereas Victorian novelists felt free to write long
passages of undramatic summary.
- Ken Follett

Culture clash is terrific drama.
- Ken Follett

Be a perfectionist.
- Ken Follett

I don't think there's any great mystery to writing female characters,
so long as you talk to them.
If you lived in a monastery and never met any women,
maybe it would be difficult.
- Ken Follett

When I'm writing a woman character, I don't think,
'What would a woman do?' I just think,
'What would this character do in this situation?'
- Ken Follett

World War II is the greatest drama in human history,
the biggest war ever and a true battle of good and evil.
I imagine writers will continue to get stories from it,
and readers will continue to love them,
for many more years.
- Ken Follett

An awful lot of thriller writers write women rather badly.
So just doing it OK gets a lot of credit.
- Ken Follett

Movies have influenced all writers, not just thriller writers.
- Ken Follett

I use a professional researcher in New York who does all the legwork,
all that stuff which would take me days and weeks of calling,
waiting for people to call back.
- Ken Follett

I like to create imaginary characters and events around
a real historical situation.
I want readers to feel: OK, this probably didn't happen,
but it might have.
- Ken Follett

With hindsight, we see that the Soviet Union never
had a chance of world domination,
but we didn't know that then.
- Ken Follett

A very good editor is almost a collaborator.
- Ken Follett

The thriller is the most popular literary genre of the 20th century.
- Ken Follett

I enjoy learning technical details.
- Ken Follett

Most of my stories have some basis in fact.
- Ken Follett

James Bond is quite serious about his drinks and clothing
and cigarettes and food and all that sort of thing.
There is nothing wry or amused about James Bond.
- Ken Follett

For success, the author must make the reader care about
the destiny of the principals,
and sustain this anxiety, or suspense,
for about 100,000 words.
- Ken Follett

It had all the earmarks of a CIA operation;
the bomb killed everybody in the room except the intended target!
- William F. Buckley, Jr.

It's pretty well known that the CIA has been installing
friendly dictators around the world for years.
- Rob Walton

We need spies that look like their targets,
CIA officers who speak the dialects terrorists use,
and FBI agents who can speak to Muslim women who might be intimidated by men.
- Jane Harman

I'm going to be so much better a president for having
been at the CIA that you're not going to believe it.
- George H. W. Bush

According to the official version of history,
CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980,
that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan,
24 Dec 1979.
- Zbigniew Brzezinski

The bottom line is that the CIA knew before the war,
during and war, and after the war where most of these
chemicals were and most of these biological agents.
- Christopher Shays

I learned later, just as a footnote,
that the World Assembly of Youth was a CIA front.
- Stephen Lewis

By the late '70s I had come to question the point of
a great deal of what we were doing,
in terms of the CIA's overall charter.
- Aldrich Ames

We need to make is to strengthen the position of the director of the CIA.
- Bob Graham

I am not a member of the CIA or any other intelligence agency.
- James R. Bath

Just this week, Syria broke off all relations with
the United States military and the CIA.
- Ed Markey

It's hard for me to imagine that some people in the
CIA who had firsthand knowledge would be unable to
recognize that this would be helpful information for a soldier's death.
- Christopher Shays

The CIA is made up of boys whose families sent them
to Princeton but wouldn't let them into the family brokerage business.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

My Life in CIA is the first time that I've ever written a story in my own name.
- Harry Mathews

I handed over names and compromised so many CIA agents in the Soviet Union.
- Aldrich Ames

Rove and his attorneys can parse the words all they want,
but it is now clear that while Rove may not have given a reporter Plame's name,
he clearly identified her by telling the reporter that
Joseph Wilson's wife was a CIA agent.
- Louise Slaughter

A significant number of pages and sentences that the
administration wants to keep in a classified status
have already been released publicly,
some of it by public statements of the leadership of the CIA and the FBI.
- Bob Graham

In recent years, anyone in the government,
certainly anyone in the FBI or the CIA,
or recently, in again, Clint's film,
In the Line of Fire,
the main bad guy is the chief advisor to the president.
- Charlton Heston

There are some classified documents there that we received from the CIA.
Our arrangement with the CIA was that we could by mutual
agreement declassify these documents,
but we had no authority to unilaterally declassify them.
- Louis Stokes

In examining the CIA's past and present use of the U.S.
media, the Committee finds two reasons for concern.
The first is the potential, inherent in covert media operations,
for manipulating or incidentally misleading the American public.
- Frank Church

The original judgment of the FBI, the Secret Service,
and the CIA was that there were three shots.
I don't think that convinced us except as a statement by people,
many of them who were familiar with ballistics.
This question troubled me greatly.
- John Sherman Cooper

I don't think anybody ever thought about the CIA meddling in internal affairs.
The shock of the President's death called for an immediate investigation.
It actually lay in the jurisdiction of Texas.
- John Sherman Cooper

When I handed over the names and compromised so many
CIA agents in the Soviet Union,
I had come to the conclusion that the loss of these sources to the U.S.
would not compromise significant national defense,
political, diplomatic interests.
- Aldrich Ames

The CIA could not face up to the American people and
admit that its former employees had conspired to assassinate the President;
so from the moment Kennedy's heart stopped beating,
the Agency attempted to sweep the whole conspiracy under the rug.
- Jim Garrison

Popular culture tells you that schools and parents
don't know what's going on,
the police are dogs, politicians are all liars and scum,
and any crime that's not committed by the Mafia is done by the CIA.
- Stanley Crouch

There's some new evidence that has just come out about
the CIA planning terrorist attacks on U.S.
soil in the '60s and how they were going to set up
Castro for it in order to get America behind a war in Cuba.
- Aaron McGruder

It's very important to me that people who are actual
chefs and other professionals in the culinary world,
understand that I'm not, and have never held myself out as being,
like a CIA trained chef.
- Ted Allen

I think Mr. Clarke had a tendency to interfere too
much with the activities of the CIA,
and our leadership at the senior level let him interfere too much.
So criticism from him I kind of wear as a badge of honor.
- Michael Scheuer

The head of the CIA, it seems to me,
would think long and hard before he admitted that former
employees of his had been involved in the murder of
the President of the United States-even if they weren't
acting on behalf of the Agency when they did it.
- Jim Garrison

The office has oversight of people who do analysis
and oversight of people who do operations,
but it is not charged with doing either.
That is an important point to make.
Those functions are performed by the CIA,
DIA and other agencies.
- Stephen Cambone

When I was about, I'd say, 18 or 19 years old,
I wanted to be a part of the CIA just because they
know those intimate secrets...
So I was just always into knowing.
I like to know things.
- Michelle Rodriguez

It would certainly be interesting to know what the
CIA knew about Oswald six weeks before the assassination,
but the contents of this particular message never reached
the Warren Commission and remain a complete mystery.
- Jim Garrison

The main points were: one, the amount of Israel's nuclear weapons,
how many Israel had, that no one could predict or know,
including the CIA.
They were thinking about a number like 10 or 15.
But I came out with a number between 150 to 200.
- Mordechai Vanunu

I wouldn't even know - and I spent three years in the CIA -
I wouldn't even know how you'd start a covert action
program in a place like Iran.
It would be extraordinarily difficult.
- Frank Carlucci

The two things I was positive about in life were that
I was going to be a teacher at a boarding school or
an operative with the CIA posted abroad.
I could write a book about all the things I was sure about.
- Tucker Carlson

I had no concerns - I had no reason to have concerns
based on what was available to me about North's contacts
with the private sector people,
but I didn't think a CIA person should do it.
- Robert M. Gates

I never accepted the idea
that I had to be guided by
some pattern or blueprint.
- Little Richard

I leave no trace of wings in the air,
but I am glad I have had my flight.
- Rabindranath Tagore

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart,
it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

If I had no sense of humor,
I would long ago have committed suicide.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Men occasionally stumble over the truth,
but most of them pick themselves up
and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

I have found that hollow,
which even I had relied on for solid.
- Henry David Thoreau

What work I have done I have done because it has been play.
If it had been work I shouldn't have done it.
- Mark Twain

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

We occasionally stumble over the truth
but most of us pick ourselves up and
hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill


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