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1. "I'm sort of fascinated by the whole espionage crime thing."
Author: Aaron Eckhart
2. "I found that our Soviet espionage efforts had virtually never, or had very seldom, produced any worthwhile political or economic intelligence on the Soviet Union."
Author: Aldrich Ames
3. "The difficulties of conducting espionage against the Soviet Union in the Soviet Union were such that historically the Agency had backed away from the task."
Author: Aldrich Ames
4. "An espionage organization is a collector: it collects raw information. That gets processed by a machinery that is supposed to resolve its reliability, and to present a finished product."
Author: Aldrich Ames
5. "Espionage, for the most part, involves finding a person who knows something or has something that you can induce them secretly to give to you. That almost always involves a betrayal of trust."
Author: Aldrich Ames
6. "What?" He cut a grin at Kat when he saw the impressed look on her face. "Corporate espionage is my second greatest passion.''"With your first being..." Kat prompted."Gelato," Hale said, and turned back to the group."
Author: Ally Carter
7. "Deception is a sort of seduction. In love and war, adultery and espionage, deceit can only succeed if the deceived party is willing, in some way, to be deceived."
Author: Ben Macintyre
8. "I grew up reading the classic novels of Cold War espionage, and I studied Russian history and Soviet foreign policy."
Author: Daniel Silva
9. "My name is E. Howard Hunt. I'm currently retired from more than 22 years in the profession of espionage."
Author: E. Howard Hunt
10. "Under the charge against us the normal rules of evidence are suspended. For us they don't exist.WE are charged not with committing espionage, but with conspiring to commit espionage. Since espionage itself does not have to be proved, no evidence is required that we have done anything. All that is required is evidence that we intended to do something. And what is this evidence? Coincidentally enough under the law the testimony of our so-called accomplice is considered evidence."
Author: E.L. Doctorow
11. "When you grow suspicious of a person and begin a system of espionage upon him, your punishment will be that you will find your suspicions true."
Author: Elbert Hubbard
12. "There began to appear before my romantic eyes...a vast and complicated network of espionage, terror, sadism and hate, from which no one, official or private, could escape."
Author: Erik Larson
13. "No fim da entrevista, quando o líder cubano [Fidel Castro] já havia discorrido sobre tema variados, a repórter Lucia Newman quis saber a opinião sobre os cubanos presos em Miami 'acusados de fazer espionagem para o seu governo'. Ele começou dizendo que achava 'assombroso' que os Estados Unidos, 'o país que mais espiona no mundo', acusassem de espionagem justamente a Cuba, 'o país mais espionado do mundo'."
Author: Fernando Morais
14. "Mainly, when I go see a show, unfortunately it's more industrial espionage than it is going to actually enjoy a show."
Author: Hal Sparks
15. "I will not pretend to justify this espionage I carried on, and I will say openly that all these signs of a life full of intellectual curiosity, but thoroughly slovenly and disorderly at the same time, inspired me at first with aversion and mistrust. I am not only a middle-class man, living a regular life, fond of work and punctuality; I am also an abstainer and a nonsmoker, and these bottles in Haller's room pleased me even less than the rest of his artistic disorder."
Author: Hermann Hesse
16. "Spy' is such a short ugly word. I prefer 'espionage.' Those extra three syllables really say something."
Author: Howard Tayler
17. "Special Circumstances had always been the Contact section's moral espionage weapon, the very cutting edge of the Culture's interfering diplomatic policy, the elite of the elite, in a society which abhorred elitism. Even before the war, its standing and its image within the Culture had been ambiguous. It was glamorous but dangerous, possessed of an aura of roguish sexiness - there was no other word for it - which implied predation, seduction and even violation…No other part of the Culture more exactly represented what the society as a whole really stood for, or was more militant in the application of he Culture's fundamental beliefs. Yet no other part embodied less of the society's day-to-day character."
Author: Iain Banks
18. "In real life, espionage and sex have so little to do with one another that for all practical purposes they could be married."
Author: John Alejandro King
19. "As long as espionage is less expensive than remotely controlling people's brains, CIA will continue to remotely control people's brains."
Author: John Alejandro King
20. "Once you've lived the inside-out world of espionage, you never shed it. It's a mentality, a double standard of existence."
Author: John Le Carre
21. "Smiley himself was one of those solitaires who seem to have come into the world fully educated at the age of eighteen. Obscurity was his nature, as well as his profession. The byways of espionage are not populated by the brash and colourful adventurers of fiction. A man who, like Smiley, has lived and worked for years among his country's enemies learns only one prayer: that he may never, never be noticed. Assimilation is his highest aim, he learns to love the crowds who pass him in the street without a glance; he clings to them for his anonimity and his safety. His fear makes him servile - he could embrace the shoppers who jostle him in their impatience, and force him from the pavement. He could adore the officials, the police, the bus conductors, for the terse indifference of their attitudes. (ch. 9)"
Author: John Le Carré
22. "A good writer is an expert on nothing except himself. And on that subject, if he is wise, he holds his tongue. Some of you may wonder why I am reluctant to submit to interviews on television and radio and in the press. The answer is that nothing that I write is authentic. It is the stuff of dreams, not reality. Yet I am treated by the media as though I wrote espionage handbooks."
Author: John Le Carré
23. "It was nearly impossible to keep anything a secret, especially from hersisters, the youngest of whom—Hyacinth—could probably have won the war against Napoleon in halfthe time if His Majesty had only thought to draft her into the espionage service."
Author: Julia Quinn
24. "We have some material on spying by a major government on the tech industry. Industrial espionage."
Author: Julian Assange
25. "First the FSB agent, and now the FBI. It was becoming a real alphabet soup of international espionage."
Author: Kenneth Eade
26. "Espionage is not supposed to be sporting, otherwise it would not be clandestine."
Author: Khalid Muhammad
27. "You want me to be your spy in a game of restaurant espionage? Will I need a code name?""It's nothing morally reprehensible or anything, " Wes hastened to assure her. "Just curiosity.""I think your code name should be Tiberius," she said decisively. "I'll be Uhura.""Tiberius? As in James Tiberius Kirk?" Wes blinked, then grinned. "Oh my God, this is your version of flirting. How do you say 'I fancy you' in Klingon?"
Author: Louisa Edwards
28. "The cold war was over, but all the little games persisted. It was a good thing those puppets in the Middle East had been too busy grubbing around in their deserts to play any serious role in international espionage ... She took a calming moment to visualize the entire Arab world as a giant parking lot. Lovely."
Author: Magnus Flyte
29. "Suppressing his relief, Valek asked, "Can you please tell this Lieutenant who he has arrested?""Can do," Janco said with a smile. "Lieutenant Darren, let me be the first to congratulate you on capturing the elusive and legendary Kelav. He's been wanted in Ixia for years on multiple counts of espionage."
Author: Maria V. Snyder
30. "If this emperor thing doesn't work out, you might have a future career in espionage."
Author: Marissa Meyer
31. "In civilizations without ships, dreams dry up, espionage takes the place of adventure and the police take the place of corsairs."
Author: Michel Foucault
32. "Espionage had a life of its own. Secrets opened to me when I wasn't even looking."
Author: Mona Simpson
33. "The neighbourhood is a place of...intrigue and emotional espionage, where when two people stop to talk on the street their tongues are like the two halves of a scissor coming together, cutting reputations and good names to shreds."
Author: Nadeem Aslam
34. "If a book cover has raised lettering, metallic lettering, or raised metallic lettering, then it is telling the reader: Hello. I am an easy-to-read work on espionage, romance, a celebrity, and/or murder. To readers who do not care for such things, this lettering tells them: Hello. I am crap."
Author: Paul Collins
35. "As is now generally admitted, a Soviet bomb would not have been achieved for several years more but for the success of Soviet espionage in obtaining secret information from Western scientists associated with the Manhattan Project. That is to say, political ideas in the minds of certain capable physicists and others took the form of believing that to provide Stalin with the bomb was acontribution to world progress. They were wrong. And their decisions show, once again, that minds of high quality in other respects are not immune to political or ideological delirium....In the Soviet case, those involved thought they knew better than mere politicians like Churchill. They didn't."
Author: Robert Conquest
36. "Clancy comments that the subtleties of national character can impact the world stage by making espionage more difficult. Americans were quirky by nature, making the sorts of eccentric moves that had to be followed up on as potential espionage cues. Russians, on the other hand, were too orderly by nature to make such distractions appear natural."
Author: Tom Clancy
37. "Good tradecraft keeps espionage routine and boring."
Author: Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
38. "Espionage is the world's second oldest profession."
Author: Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius

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