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Russell Banks Quotes and Sayings

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Nobody does anything for one reason.
- Russell Banks

Although I still occasionally paint and draw,
my life has now been shaped by my writing.
- Russell Banks

I don't want it to be all that self-conscious or artificial,
but it really grows out of my having invented myself
as a listener so that I could hear her voice.
- Russell Banks

Lists of books we reread and books we can't finish
tell more about us than about the relative worth of the books themselves.
- Russell Banks

 

Chimpanzees are endangered.
Severely.
- Russell Banks

If you dedicate your attention to discipline in your
life you become smarter while you are writing than
while you are hanging out with your pals or in any other line of work.
- Russell Banks

But on the other hand, I don't actively seek out stories or hunt them down.
- Russell Banks

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So the same cultural and political issues that divided
us in 1968 are still dividing us.
- Russell Banks

My major allegiance has been to storytelling,
not to history.
- Russell Banks

Motivations are too tangled and complex.
- Russell Banks

The best thing about writing programs is that it rationalized
the apprenticeship of a writer.
- Russell Banks

Through writing, through that process,
they realize that they become more intelligent,
and more honest and more imaginative than they can
be in any other part of their life.
- Russell Banks

It's hard to spend years at a time working in total
solitude with no reality-check.
- Russell Banks

I began as a boy with artistic talent...
as a visual artist...
I thought that was what I'd become and in my late teens
drifted into reading serious literature.
- Russell Banks

And there are people who want to be writers because they love to write.
And they care.
- Russell Banks

What I am finding now is that my audience is getting younger as I get older,
which is a very good thing as you know -
you don't want them to get older as you get older.
- Russell Banks

First of all it's usually women who run these higher primate sanctuaries,
rarely men.
They are white.
They come from privileged backgrounds.
They are educated.
- Russell Banks

The United States particularly abandoned Liberia after the end of the Cold War.
- Russell Banks

And out of a desire essentially to imitate what I was reading,
I began to write, like a clever monkey.
- Russell Banks

John Brown first swam into my vision in the 1960s when
I was a political activist in the civil rights movement
and the anti-war movement at Chapel Hill,
where I went to university.
- Russell Banks

A couple of years I taught in graduate programs at NYU and Columbia,
in the early eighties.
- Russell Banks

The 60s passed and faded and I grew older,
and in 1987 bought a house in upstate New York,
and it turned out that John Brown was buried down the
road from my house and that he had lived there longer
than anywhere else and his house was still standing.
- Russell Banks

But really, it was reading that led me to writing.
And in particular, reading the American classics like
Twain who taught me at an early age that ordinary lives
of ordinary people can be made into high art.
- Russell Banks

I much prefer working with kids whose life could be
completely upended by a reading of a book over a weekend.
You give them a book to read - they go home and come back a changed person.
And that is so much more interesting and exciting.
- Russell Banks

For almost anyone who chooses to be a writer,
since so very few writers are able to learn a living
from their work that is equivalent to the living earned
by the average dentist or accountant.
- Russell Banks

One of the things I have tried to do with this book
and with all of them really is avoid that simple,
easy, reductionist view of motivation and to show we
do things for a complex net of reasons,
a real braid of reasons.
- Russell Banks

Storytelling is an ancient and honorable act.
An essential role to play in the community or tribe.
It's one that I embrace wholeheartedly and have been
fortunate enough to be rewarded for.
- Russell Banks

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson PHOTO

You can't stop the music, nobody can stop the music.
- Village People PHOTO

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

Nobody can hurt me without my permission.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi PHOTO

Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did.
- John Burroughs

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment
before starting to improve the world.
- Anne Frank

Existence needs you.
Without you, something will be missing
in existence and nobody can replace it.
Thats what gives you dignity,
that the whole existence will miss you.
- Osho

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Work like you don't need the money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
Dance like nobody's watching.
- Satchel Paige

An error does not become truth
by reason of multiplied propagation,
nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
- Dave Barry

Nobody cares how much you know,
until they know how much you care.
- attributed to Theodore Roosevelt, among others,
but probably earlier and anonymous

I have a great deal of company in the house,
especially in the morning when nobody calls.
- Henry David Thoreau

Nobody has ever asked the nuclear family to live
all by itself in a box the way we do.
With no relatives, no support,
we've put it in an impossible situation.
- Margaret Mead

One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.
- Mother Teresa

Nobody, as long as he moves about
among the chaotic currents of life,
is without trouble.
- Carl Jung

Housework is what a woman does that nobody notices
unless she hasn't done it.
- Evan Esar

Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Nobody roots for Goliath.
- Wilt Chamberlain

I realized my family was funny, because nobody ever
wanted to leave our house.
- Anthony Anderson

Nobody is as powerful as we make them out to be.
- Alice Walker

Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens
we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.
- Andre Gide

The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows.
- Aristotle Onassis

Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come.
- Carl Sandburg

Nobody really believes in equality anyway.
- Warren Farrell

Nobody ever asks a father how he manages to combine marriage and a career.
- Sam Ewing

I think a major element of jetlag is psychological.
Nobody ever tells me what time it is at home.
- David Attenborough

Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years.
We grow old by deserting our ideals.
Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
- Samuel Ullman

Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way.
This happens to us all the time with computers,
and nobody thinks of complaining.
- Jef Raskin

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.
- H. L. Mencken

Do what nobody else can do for you.
Omit to do anything else.
- Henry David Thoreau

The world is a country which nobody ever yet knew by description;
one must travel through it one's self to be acquainted with it.
- Lord Chesterfield

A man who trusts nobody is apt to be the kind of man nobody trusts.
- Harold MacMillan

Where large sums of money are concerned,
it is advisable to trust nobody.
- Agatha Christie

Managers in all too many American companies do not
achieve the desired results because nobody makes them do it.
- Harold S. Geneen

Nobody makes movies bad on purpose.
- Roland Emmerich

Nobody loves a woman because she is handsome or ugly,
stupid or intelligent.
We love because we love.
- Honore de Balzac

Nobody ever gets to see what could have been.
- the 2010 movie Charlie St. Cloud

Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons.
Science is used to raise money for the expeditions,
but you really climb for the hell of it.
- Edmund Hillary

I grew up in a house where nobody had to tell me to
go to school every day and do my homework.
- Constance Baker Motley

Nobody's a natural.
You work hard to get good and then work to get better.
It's hard to stay on top.
- Paul Coffey

Nobody has ever measured, not even poets,
how much the heart can hold.
- Zelda Fitzgerald

My dreams were all my own; I accounted for them to nobody;
they were my refuge when annoyed -
my dearest pleasure when free.
- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley


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