"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."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Richard Russo on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Richard Russo on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Richard Russo on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Richard Russo on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Richard Russo on Mark Twain
"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."
"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."