Spying Quotes

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Philip K. Dick
“There will come a time when it isn't 'They're spying on me through my phone' anymore. Eventually, it will be 'My phone is spying on me'.”
Philip K. Dick

Glenn Greenwald
“The way things are supposed to work is that we're supposed to know virtually everything about what they [the government] do: that's why they're called public servants. They're supposed to know virtually nothing about what we do: that's why we're called private individuals.”
Glenn Greenwald

Julia Quinn
“I also think he is given to disguises...Sometimes he wears spectacles and sometimes he does not. And twice he has worn an extremely peculiar hat. Inside.”
Julia Quinn, What Happens in London

Julia Quinn
“She’d ceased spying upon him, that was true, but the damage was done. Every time he sat at his desk, he could feel her eyes upon him, even though he knew very well she’d shut her curtains tight. But clearly, reality had very little to do with the matter, because all he had to do, it seemed, was glance at her window, and he lost an entire hour’s work.

It happened thus: He looked at the window, because it was there, and he couldn’t very well never happen to glance upon it unless he also shut his curtains tight, which he was not willing to do, given the amount of time he spent in his office. So he saw the window, and he thought of her, because, really, what else would he think of upon seeing her bedroom window? At that point, annoyance set in, because A) she wasn’t worth the energy, B) she wasn’t even there, and C) he wasn’t getting any work done because of her.

C always led into a bout of even deeper irritation, this time directed at himself, because D) he really ought to have better powers of concentration, E) it was just a stupid window, and F) if he was going to get agitated about a female, it ought to be one he at least liked.

F was where he generally let out a loud growl and forced himself to get back to his translation. It usually worked for a minute or two, and then he’d look back up, and happen to see the window, and the whole bloody nonsense cycled back to the beginning.”
Julia Quinn, What Happens in London

Lesley M.M. Blume
“Are you watching the boats?" Cornelia guessed. She craned her neck to see if there was any excitement on the river.
Heavens no, I'm spying on people," Virginia responded unrepentantly.
-Cornelia E and Virginia Somerset”
Lesley M.M. Blume, Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters

Pawan Mishra
“Good neighbors always spy on you to make sure you are doing well.”
Pawan Mishra, Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy

Kim Harrison
“And I’m not spying! I’m evaluating!”
“It’s the same difference!”
Kim Harrison, Early to Death, Early to Rise

Maria V. Snyder
“I could admire his skills, and be relieved when he was on my side in a fight. But for a rat to like the cat? That scenario ended only one way. With one dead rat.”
Maria V. Snyder, Poison Study

Cece Whittaker
“Disgusting, how excessive and gluttonous this priest is, he thought jealously in the dark as he stole the last slice of Mrs. Howard’s pumpkin bread from the rectory larder. Eating sweets and sitting in front of warm fireplaces while others are starving! His bitter countenance was made uglier by his unshaven face and unkempt hair, which hung long and greasy on either side of his face.”
Cece Whittaker, Glorious Christmas

Orson Scott Card
“So the I.F. is spying on Earth."
"Just as a mother spies on her children at play in the yard."
"Good to know you're looking out for us, Mummy.”
Orson Scott Card, Shadow of the Giant

“There is no way that the new WikiLeaks leaks don't leave Hillary Clinton holding the smoking gun. The time for her departure may come next week or next month, but sooner or later, the weakened and humiliated secretary of state will have to pay.”
Jack Shafer

C.S. Lewis
“Oh, that? I never thought it was eavesdropping, Aslan. Wasn't it magic?"

"Spying on people by magic is the same as spying on them in any other way.”
C. S. Lewis

N.K. Jemisin
“Back then, she had to worry about the government tapping her phone. It still probably does, but all the other stuff's been outsourced. Now, instead of just a COINTELPRO operation, she’s got to worry about that and some dude stalking her relatives from his mother’s basement, and kids bombarding her with death threats because it makes them feel like part of the (terrorist) gang, and a troll farm in Russia using the Center as the next cause célèbre to whip up Nazis. All the people who really are a threat to the country; somehow they’ve been convinced to do its dirty work, more or less for free. She would admire it if it weren’t so damn horrific.”
N.K. Jemisin, The City We Became

“Brigan, could you attempt, at least, to make yourself presentable? I know this is a war, but the rest of us are trying to pretend it’s a party.”
Kristin Cashore, Fire

John le Carré
“They never understand it, do they? They never know what it costs—the sordid tricks of lying and deceiving, the isolation from ordinary people. They think you can run on their kind of fuel—the flag waving and the music. But you need a different kind of fuel, don't you, when you're alone? You've got to hate, and it needs strength to hate all the time. And what you must love is so remote, so vague when you're not a part of it.”
John le Carré, Call for the Dead

Viet Thanh Nguyen
“For example, grown men who sneer at the idea of unicorns will tearfully testify to the existence of an even rarer, more mythical species. Found only in remote ports of call and the darkest, deepest reaches of the most insalubrious taverns, this is the prostitute in whose chest beats the proverbial heart of gold. Let me assure you, if there is one part of a prostitute that is made of gold, it is not her heart.”
Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer

Connilyn Cossette
“The secret twitched on my lips even as they heartily agreed to my offer and I slipped away to retrieve the cakes, but I could already taste victory on my tongue.”
Connilyn Cossette, Like Flames in the Night

Rachel Van Dyken
“Ever been arrested?" Bill leaned forward, his expression impossible to read.

Yes, actually. But it wasn't my fault. "No, sir!" Was it Sir? Lord? Lady? I shouldn't have done the accent! Fantastic!

He pulled out a small, black folder and an ink pad from the front pocket of his pants. "I'll just need your prints here and here, so we can do a background check. The questionnaire is pretty straight forward."

I had a sudden vision of getting found out and my escape including dodging bullets and trees, while narrowly making it through a crack in the shrubs, only to get hit by a car.

I started the slow process of inking my fingers and pressing them to the paper with Bill's help. They stuck, then came up. I was going to prison. That's where honesty got me! Prison!”
Rachel Van Dyken, Dirty Exes

“hacking was a fundamental, though mostly secret, tool of American statecraft, one deployed clandestinely against foe and friend alike”
Ben Buchanan

John King
“Life's a pitch, then you spy.”
John Alejandro King a.k.a. The Covert Comic

David Quammen
“Dmitri was the mole.”

"We never used that word. That’s a new word,” Sparrow quibbles. “It’s a spy-novel word.”
David Quammen, The Soul of Viktor Tronko

John King
“I spy with my little eye that if I had a bigger eye I'd be a better spy!”
John Alejandro King a.k.a. The Covert Comic

John King
“Covert action is the chaser of intelligence.”
John Alejandro King a.k.a. The Covert Comic

John King
“The best camouflage when conducting espionage is vin et fromage.”
John Alejandro King a.k.a. The Covert Comic

John King
“The expert crowd is adept at blending into a spy.”
John Alejandro King a.k.a. The Covert Comic

Ehsan Sehgal
“Spying on any subject means one does not trust or its intention to cause the damage. It does not build the best relationship.”
Ehsan Sehgal
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Ehsan Sehgal
“To claim the affection and to do the spying. It is something not wrong, but the danger.”
Ehsan Sehgal
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Ehsan Sehgal
“Forget the privacy; we all are the spy and spying on each other in every way on every subject.”
Ehsan Sehgal
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“Intelligence shortcomings have a thousand fathers; secret intelligence triumphs are orphans.”
old sayings

Edward Snowden
“The geek inherited the earth”
Edward Snowden, Permanent Record

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