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Russell Banks Quotes

31 Russell Banks quotes:

"That was the funny part of the reading."
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"Although I still occasionally paint and draw, my life has now been shaped by my writing."
"And out of a desire essentially to imitate what I was reading, I began to write, like a clever monkey."
"And there are people who want to be writers because they love to write. And they care."
"I think probably in the earlier parts of my career I was influenced by writers such as Hawthorne and Melville - the American classics."
"My major allegiance has been to storytelling, not to history."
"No, because I am not a ventriloquist."
"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."
"The best thing about writing programs is that it rationalized the apprenticeship of a writer."
"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."
"Lists of books we reread and books we can't finish tell more about us than about the relative worth of the books themselves."
"Motivations are too tangled and complex."
"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."
"A couple of years I taught in graduate programs at NYU and Columbia, in the early eighties."
"And of course, it's hard to produce a work at the end of those years of solitude, which may or may not be understood or appreciated."
"But on the other hand, I don't actively seek out stories or hunt them down."
"Chimpanzees are endangered. Severely."
"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."
"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."
"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."

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