"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."
"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies."Richard Russo on Mother Teresa
"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."Richard Russo on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."Richard Russo on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired."Richard Russo on Martin Luther
"Before the throne of the Almighty, man will be judged not by his acts but by his intentions. For God alone reads our hearts."Richard Russo on Mahatma Gandhi
"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."
"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."