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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Composer
Nation: American
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I said to my friends that if I was going to starve, I might as well starve where the food is good.

Tags: Food, Friends, Good

Musicians own music because music owns them.

Tags: Music, Musicians, Owns

Try a thing you haven't done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not.

Tags: Done, Fear, Time

I don't go around regretting things that don't happen.

Tags: Happen, Regretting

I look at you and I write down what I hear.

Tags: Hear, Write

I've never known a musician who regretted being one. Whatever deceptions life may have in store for you, music itself is not going to let you down.

Tags: Life, May, Music

You explain how it went, and as far as you can figure out how it got that way.

Tags: Explain, Far, Figure

I don't care what other critics say, I only hope to be played.

Tags: Care, Hope, Played

I don't have to worry No matter what they do to it, it works.

Tags: Matter, Works, Worry

In Paris, you learn wit, in London you learn to crush your social rivals, and in Florence you learn poise.

Tags: Crush, Learn, Social

Let your mind alone, and see what happens.

Tags: Alone, Happens, Mind

Reviewing music or reviewing anything is a writing job. It's nice if you are experienced in the field you are writing about, but writing is what you are doing.

Tags: Job, Music, Nice

I never learned to verbalize an abstract musical concept. No thank you. The whole point of being a serious musician is to avoid verbalization whenever you can.

Tags: Learned, Serious, Whole

I live in America. I have the right to write whatever I want. And it's equaled by another right just as powerful: the right not to read it. Freedom of speech includes the freedom to offend people.

Tags: America, Freedom, Powerful

We have an incredible warrior class in this country - people in law enforcement, intelligence - and I thank God every night we have them standing fast to protect us from the tremendous amount of evil that exists in the world.

Tags: Evil, God, Night

Freedom of speech includes the freedom to offend people.

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From the political angle, I'm trying to be apolitical if you will. I mean people say, 'Are you a red state or blue state?', I say, 'I'm purple.' I think there are great ideas on both sides of the aisle and neither side has cornered the market.

Tags: Great, Mean, Political

I really believe that a writer is someone who has trained their mind to misbehave.

Tags: Mind, Someone, Writer

If we talk about the glass being half empty or half full, I want to know what does the glass look like from underneath the table?

Tags: Full, Half, Talk

I like books that have razor-sharp plotting that snaps and moves along. It's not about the main character being different at the end. I don't want my main character to be different in the end. I still want him committed to his ideas, to be steadfast, true and loyal.

Tags: Character, End, True

Al Qaeda doesn't abide by the Geneva Conventions, so in my opinion, they should not be afforded the protections of them.

Tags: Abide, Afforded, Opinion

Even one death is horrible.

Tags: Death, Horrible

I always have a different way of looking at things.

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I've got more ideas for books than I'll ever be able to use in my lifetime. I'm very fortunate like that.

Tags: Able, Books, Ideas

There are writers who go their whole lives and never hit that No. 1 spot.

Tags: Hit, Lives, Whole

Well, my books - I think one of the hallmarks of my thrillers is that they're based in reality.

Tags: Based, Books, Reality

When you grow up with a name like Brad Thor, people expect you to be 6-foot-4 and a pile of muscles.

Tags: Expect, Grow, Name

Authors should do multiple submissions to agents. I mean, that's the way the business world works and whether or not the industry likes it or not, they can't stop you from submitting to multiple agents and you know what? If an agent misses out on you because they took too long with your query letter, tough luck for them.

Tags: Business, Mean, Tough

I write about things that are important for us as Americans. I'm concerned about al-Qaeda sneaking across the border with the illegal immigrants that are using the coyotes to get across the border. And that's not a Democrat or Republican issue, that's a national security issue.

Tags: Republican, Security, Write

Less really is more. It's a tendency of beginning writers to want to prove what they're talking about by going too far with description. I think you've got to keep it short, crisp and clean.

Tags: Far, Keep, Short

Some of the best fan mail I get are from our men and women in the military and intelligence communities. They say, 'Boy you do your homework, this is exactly how we're doing it.'

Tags: Best, Men, Women

What has bothered and angered radical Muslims is that I'm a non-Muslim writing anything at all about Islam. But this is fiction, and I don't think Islam is above criticism or fictionalization any more so than Judaism, Christianity, Mormonism or Hinduism is.

Tags: Criticism, Islam, Writing