Richard Ford

Born: February 16, 1944

Occupation: Novelist

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Richard Ford

Married life requires shared mystery even when all the facts are known.

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Tweet, tweet, you're alive, you ignorant asshole.

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Richard Ford

Marry somebody you love and who thinks you being a writer's a good idea.

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Richard Ford

Maturity, as I conceived it, was recognizing what was bad or peculiar in life, admitting it has to stay that way, and going ahead with the best of things.

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Richard Ford

Some idiotic things are well worth doing.

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Richard Ford

It's interesting to leave a place, interesting even to think about it. Leaving reminds us of what we can part with and what we can't, then offers us something new to look forward to, to dream about.

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For, how else to seize such an instant? How to shout out into the empty air just the right words, and on cue? Frame a moment to last a lifetime?

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Richard Ford

At heart, of course, a story itself is consolation's instrument.

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If loneliness is the disease, the story is the cure.

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Your life doesn't mean what you have or what you get. Its what your'e willing to give up.

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I know you can dream your way through an otherwise fine life, and never wake up, which is what I almost did.

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It is no loss to mankind when one writer decides to call it a day. When a tree falls in the forest, who cares but the monkeys?

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For a time after my divorce everything began to seem profoundly ironic to me. I found myself thinking of other peoples' worries as sources of amusement and private derision which I thought about at night...

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Richard Ford

If you lose all hope, you can always find it again.

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They may already know too much about their mother and father--nothing being more factual than divorce, where so much has to be explained and worked through intelligently (though they have tried to stay...

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Richard Ford

Find what causes a commotion in your heart. Find a way to write about that

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Richard Ford

Fear and hope are alike underneath.

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At the exact moment any decision seems to be being made, it's usually long after the real decision was actually made--like light we see emitted from stars.

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Things you did. Things you never did. Things you dreamed. After a long time they run together.

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Richard Ford

Things happen when people are not where they belong, and the world moves forward and back by that principle.

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Humans generally get out the gist of what they need to say right at the beginning, then spend forever qualifying, contradicting, burnishing or taking important things back. Yor rareley miss anything by...

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Our ex-wifes always harbour secrets about us that make them irresistable. Until, of course, we remember who we are and what we did and why we are not married anymore.

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What I know is, you have chance in life--of surviving it--if you tolerate loss well; manage not to be a cynic through it all; to subordinate, as Ruskin implied, to keep proportion, to connect the unequal...

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Someone ... tell us what's important, because we no longer know.

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You can't write ... on the strength of influence. You can only write a good story or a good novel by yourself.

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Richard Ford

Most things don't stay the way they are very long.

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What was our life like? I almost don't remember now. Though I remember it, the space of time it occupied. And I remember it fondly.

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I'm intrigued by how ordinary behavior exists so close beside its opposite.

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It's been my habit of mind, over these years, to understand that every situation in which human beings are involved can be turned on its head. Everything someone assures me to be true might not be. Every...

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Any rainy summer morning, of course, has the seeds of gloomy alienation sown in. But a rainy summer morning far from home - when your personal clouds don't move but hang - can easily produce the feeling...

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Richard Ford

The world is a more engaging and less dramatic place than writers ever give it credit for being

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Theres a lot to be said for doing what youre not supposed to do, and the rewards of doing what youre supposed to do are more subtle and take longer to become apparent, which maybe makes it less attractive....

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Richard Ford

When you are sixteen you do not know what your parents know, or much of what they understand, and less of what's in their hearts. This can save you from becoming an adult too early, save your life from...

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Life's passed along to us empty. We have to make up the happiness part.

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She was an artist. She held opposites in her mind.

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You're only good if you can do bad and decide not to.

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I realized I loved you, and I didn't want to be married to somebody I didn't love. I wanted to be married to you. It isn't all that complicated.

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Richard Ford

Some people want to be bank presidents. Other people want to rob banks.

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