"To stand up on a stage alone with an acoustic guitar requires bravery bordering on heroism. Bordering on insanity."
"It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely."Richard Thompson on Albert Einstein
"Alone we can do so little together we can do so much."Richard Thompson on Helen Keller
"It's often just enough to be with someone. I don't need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You're not alone."Richard Thompson on Marilyn Monroe
"Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation for it is better to be alone than in bad company."Richard Thompson on George Washington
"I restore myself when I'm alone."Richard Thompson on Marilyn Monroe
"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."
"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."
"It's fun to sing sad songs. And it's fun to listen to sad songs. Enjoyable. Satisfying. Something."