"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."
"It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father."Richard Russo on Pope John XXIII
"When one has not had a good father, one must create one."Richard Russo on Friedrich Nietzsche
"My father? I never knew him. Never even seen a picture of him."Richard Russo on Eminem
"I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father's equal, and I never loved any other man as much."Richard Russo on Hedy Lamarr
"Whoever does not have a good father should procure one."Richard Russo on Friedrich Nietzsche
"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."
"If you work at comedy too laboriously, you can kill what's funny in the joke."