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I'm delighted by how Nobody's Fool turned out.
by Richard Russo

I'm delighted by how Nobody's Fool turned out.
It was a rare movie.
- Richard Russo

People often ask me how I make things funny.
I don't make things funny.
- Richard Russo

I suppose all writers worry about the well running dry.
- Richard Russo

A lot of my characters in all of my books have a self-destructive urge.
They'll do precisely the thing that they know is wrong,
take a perverse delight in doing the wrong thing.
- Richard Russo

 

You can be interested in a Jane Smiley novel whether
or not anyone says a word.
She enters into her characters' thoughts with great understanding and depth.
- Richard Russo

If there's an enduring theme in my work,
it's probably the effects of class on American life.
- Richard Russo

My books are elegiac in the sense that they're odes
to a nation that even I sometimes think may not exist
anymore except in my memory and my imagination.
- Richard Russo

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Even at its most perceptive, sociology deals in abstractions.
- Richard Russo

Usually by the time I finish a book tour I've just
about had it with the book.
- Richard Russo

I can be glib and truthful all at once.
- Richard Russo

Structure is one of the things that I always hope will reveal itself to me.
- Richard Russo

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.
- Richard Russo

When I look back over my novels what I find is that
when I think I'm finished with a theme,
I'm generally not.
And usually themes will recur from novel to novel in odd,
new guises.
- Richard Russo

I read pretty voraciously.
If it's good, I don't care what it is.
- Richard Russo

I don't think there's a shortage of material in the world.
Or in my head.
I just pray for continued good health,
because I've got other stories to tell.
- Richard Russo

Movies have to handle time very efficiently.
They're about stringing scenes together in the present.
Novels aren't necessarily about that.
- Richard Russo

If you work at comedy too laboriously,
you can kill what's funny in the joke.
- Richard Russo

Ultimately, your theme will find you.
You don't have to go looking for it.
- Richard Russo

It's no secret that in my books I'm trying to make
the comic and the serious rub up against each other
just as closely and uncomfortably as I can.
- Richard Russo

I think the darker aspect of my fiction-or anybody's
fiction-is by its very nature somehow easier to talk about.
- Richard Russo

I have to have a character worth caring about.
I tend not to start writing books about people I don't
have a lot of sympathy for because I'm just going to be with them too long.
- Richard Russo

When authors who write literary fiction begin to write screenplays,
everybody assumes that's the end.
Here's another who's never going to write well again.
- Richard Russo

I think it would be harder for me not to write comedy
because the comic view of things is the one that comes most naturally to me.
- Richard Russo

You use simple brushstrokes in a screenplay for things
over which you would take much greater pains in a novel.
- Richard Russo

What comes easiest for me is dialogue.
Sometimes when my characters are speaking to me,
I have to slow them down so that I'm not simply taking dictation.
- Richard Russo

I think a lot of what is going on with kids who get
pushed too far and attempt either murder or suicide
is that they are trying to deal with their own non-existence
for the people who are supposed to care most for them.
- Richard Russo

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.
- Richard Russo

By ignoring a lot of American culture you can write
more interesting stories.
Unfortunately, if you were writing about America as it is,
you'd be writing about a lot of people sitting in front of television sets.
- Richard Russo

What does it feel like to be a parent? What does it
feel like to be a child? And that's what stories do.
They bring you there.
They offer a dramatic explanation, which is always
different from an expository explanation.
- Richard Russo

When I start getting close to the end of a novel,
something registers in the back of my mind for the next novel,
so that I usually don't write, or take notes.
And I certainly don't begin.
I just allow things to percolate for a while.
- Richard Russo

I looked back at some of my earlier published stories
with genuine horror and remorse.
I got thinking, How many extant copies might there be,
who owns them, and do they keep their doors locked?
- Richard Russo

I want that which is hilarious and that which is heartbreaking
to occupy the same territory in the book because I
think they very often occupy the same territory in life,
much as we try to separate them.
- Richard Russo

Some authors have a very hard time understanding that
in order to be faithful to the spirit of the book,
it's almost always impossible to remain faithful to the text.
You have to make changes.
- Richard Russo

If my career continues along its current arc,
people will probably look at me and see a writer who
is obsessed with the relationship between rich and
poor and with how the rich somehow or other always
manage to betray the poor,
even when they don't mean to.
- Richard Russo

I was pretty dead set against ever writing an academic novel.
It's always been my view that there are already more
than enough academic novels and that most of them aren't any good.
Most of them are self-conscious and bitter,
the work of people who want to settle grudges.
- Richard Russo

I think that if people are instructed about anything,
it should be about the nature of cruelty.
And about why people behave so cruelly to each other.
And what kind of satisfactions they derive from it.
And why there is always a cost, and a price to be paid.
- Richard Russo

France is delighted at this new opportunity to show
the world that when one has the will one can succeed
in joining peoples who have been brought close by history.
- Francois Mitterrand

I was delighted to have lines when they came -
learning lines for film isn't a problem,
but television is a little different,
because we shot those shows the whole way through.
- David Selby

I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day,
a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of
magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.
- J. B. Priestley

I was absolutely delighted that those shows have been preserved.
- Patrick Macnee

We were delighted to have Nigel as a producer.
The only problem is that Nigel is so famous that he
seems to dominate most interviews without being there.
- Stephen Malkmus

Of course I was delighted the flight was over,
but I still had to worry about cleaning up inside the cabin,
I had to worry about the hatch, how to get in the sling,
and so on.
- Alan Shepard

Well, in the sense that we do not tour or record together anymore -
then I suppose not.
But if our old recordings get heard more we shall be delighted.
- Peter Asher

I am, of course, delighted but there was never any doubt about Sol staying.
- Arsene Wenger

I am absolutely delighted to get back into football with Livingston.
- Kenny Dalglish

To show a child what once delighted you,
to find the child's delight added to your own -
this is happiness.
- J. B. Priestley

Right now I'm just delighted to be alive and to have had a nice long bath.
- Richard Branson

When I heard about the first Tomb Raider,
I was very interested and I would have liked to have directed that.
When I was approached for the second film,
I was delighted.
- Jan de Bont

We're just delighted that management has come around to my way of thinking.
- Paula Zahn

We're delighted to be working with Apple to offer fans
a new and innovative way to experience our wildly popular shows.
- Robert Iger

I won't say I wouldn't be grateful and happy and delighted
and thrilled to bits to receive a nomination.
But I wouldn't be suicidal if it didn't happen.
- Tom Wilkinson

My parents were absolutely delighted that I knew what I wanted to do.
- Vivien Leigh

One can become enthusiastic over anything.
For a time I was delighted with bomb throwing.
It gave me a tremendous pleasure to bomb those fellows from above.
- Manfred von Richthofen

I think that new communications are wonderful and I
am delighted to be a part of the Internet generation.
- Judy Collins

When it moved to Friday night it disappeared,
when they find another show that can do what The Simpsons does,
they will be delighted to do cancel The Simpsons.
- Harry Shearer

My wife was delighted with the home I had given her
amid the prairies of the far west.
- Buffalo Bill

I can remember when, as a beginner, I was delighted
with any ball as long as it would bounce.
- Helen Wills Moody

The members of the court were just delighted to have a ninth member -
male or female.
They were all kind and welcoming.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

I am delighted to have had students,
friends and colleagues in so many nations and to have
learned so much of what I know from them.
This Nobel Award honours them all.
- John Pople

So I was very close to ordination.
I was delighted to be ordained a deacon,
which is the last step between, before becoming a priest.
But then it all fell apart.
- Thomas Keneally

I'm delighted.
I don't know of anybody who had a statue built of them while they were living.
It's a great feeling.
- Al Lopez

I'm delighted to be Number 1, but next week I don't
want people to buy my record,
I want them to buy Band Aid.
- Jim Diamond

Iron Maiden is an institution, and I'm delighted that I'm involved in it,
but there was a time that I wasn't delighted so I quit.
- Bruce Dickinson

Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
- Aristotle

This visible world is wonderfully to be delighted in,
and highly to be esteemed, because it is the theatre
of God's righteous Kingdom.
- Thomas Traherne

I don't write for publishers, certainly not for critics,
and not for readers, But I am delighted that so many
people have found my books enjoyable and want to continue to read them.
- Jean M. Auel

But I am delighted to be a Dodger, I grew up a Dodger
fan and now my dreams have really come true.
- Milton Bradley

If Mr. Selwyn calls again, show him up; if I am alive
I shall be delighted to see him;
and if I am dead he would like to see me.
- Henry Fox

I've been delighted by Cannes and Toronto but I keep
saying I don't know how good we're going to be received
in America because that's where it's most challenging.
- William Hurt

And I was asked if I would come and help with the recovery
of this great British company,
Cable and Wireless, and I'm delighted to become part
of the new and very talented management that have been
brought in to that company as well.
- Lord Robertson

I'm delighted about the track's success in the sports world,
but the frustrating thing is, I don't think I got rich on it.
The labels and publishers did very cheap deals on our songs.
- Alan Parsons


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