"I think that if people are instructed about anything, it should be about the nature of cruelty. And about why people behave so cruelly to each other. And what kind of satisfactions they derive from it. And why there is always a cost, and a price to be paid."
"Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises."Richard Russo on Pedro Calderon de la Barca
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."Richard Russo on Anais Nin
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."Richard Russo on Albert Einstein
"I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes."Richard Russo on e. e. cummings
"All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind."Richard Russo on Abraham Lincoln
"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."