"I never worry about people not taking my work seriously as a result of the humor. In the end, the comic's best trick is the illusion that comedy is effortless. That people imagine what he's doing is easy is an occupational hazard."
"A joke is a very serious thing."Richard Russo on Winston Churchill
"Humor is mankind's greatest blessing."Richard Russo on Mark Twain
"Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing."Richard Russo on William James
"If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide."Richard Russo on Mahatma Gandhi
"A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It's jolted by every pebble on the road."Richard Russo on Henry Ward Beecher
"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."