"If you work at comedy too laboriously, you can kill what's funny in the joke."
"A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man."Richard Russo on Lana Turner
"I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade... And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party."Richard Russo on Ron White
"A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice."Richard Russo on Bill Cosby
"Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes."Richard Russo on Jim Carrey
"Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive."Richard Russo on Elbert Hubbard
"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."