"My major allegiance has been to storytelling, not to history."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."Russell Banks on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."Russell Banks on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."Russell Banks on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."Russell Banks on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."Russell Banks on Thomas Jefferson
"I much prefer working with kids whose life could be completely upended by a reading of a book over a weekend. You give them a book to read - they go home and come back a changed person. And that is so much more interesting and exciting."
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