"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."
"Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes."Richard Russo on Andy Warhol
"I have no use for people who throw their weight around as celebrities, or for those who fawn over you just because you are famous."Richard Russo on Walt Disney
"What a heavy burden is a name that has become too famous."Richard Russo on Voltaire
"We all want to be famous people, and the moment we want to be something we are no longer free."Richard Russo on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"Famous, adj.: Conspicuously miserable."Richard Russo on Ambrose Bierce
"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."
"People often ask me how I make things funny. I don't make things funny."
"If you work at comedy too laboriously, you can kill what's funny in the joke."