"About 15 years ago I went though a period of a year or so when I just couldn't find anything good. My wife noticed I was having trouble reading menus. I bought some cheap reading glasses in a drug store. I got home and suddenly all these books that weren't good were good."
"Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country."Richard Russo on Margaret Thatcher
"A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body."Richard Russo on Benjamin Franklin
"Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts."Richard Russo on Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home."Richard Russo on Bill Cosby
"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in."Richard Russo on Robert Frost
"My dad had this rock hard body and would work 12- to 13-hour days. The guys he worked with were scrap-iron guys. Nobody on that road crew had read a book in 10 years, but there was something about the way they lived I really admired."
"Truth be told, I'm not an easy man. I can be an entertaining one, though it's been my experience that most people don't want to be entertained. They want to be comforted."
"You just kind of have faith. If that sounds kind of mystical, it's because I really don't know how it works, but I trust that it does. I try to write the way I read, in order to find out what happens next."
"HBO is really famous for hiring good people and staying out of their way until they ask for help, or need it. And that reputation is earned."
"People often ask me how I make things funny. I don't make things funny."