"People want to hear about the extremes of human nature. They want things that are larger than their own lives, and more romantic, and not necessarily of their own experiences."
"Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow."Richard Thompson on William Shakespeare
"Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance."Richard Thompson on Oscar Wilde
"The word 'romance,' according to the dictionary, means excitement, adventure, and something extremely real. Romance should last a lifetime."Richard Thompson on Billy Graham
"A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure."Richard Thompson on Charlie Chaplin
"Romantic love is mental illness. But it's a pleasurable one. It's a drug. It distorts reality, and that's the point of it. It would be impossible to fall in love with someone that you really saw."Richard Thompson on Fran Lebowitz
"To stand up on a stage alone with an acoustic guitar requires bravery bordering on heroism. Bordering on insanity."
"It's amazing what some people read into songs."
"The thing I do, really, is a communication with audiences more than any achievement through records."
"It's fun to sing sad songs. And it's fun to listen to sad songs. Enjoyable. Satisfying. Something."