Some idiotic things are well worth doing.— Richard Ford
The most colorful Richard Ford quotes that are proven to give you inner joy
If loneliness is the disease, the story is the cure.
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.
Literature should not be exclusive, it should be inclusive.
My general view is that you can't, based on your own experience, project what a book will do for someone else. That's why I don't review books.
The art of living your life has a lot to do with getting over loss.
The less the past haunts you, the better.
Married life requires shared mystery even when all the facts are known.
Writing is the only thing I've ever done with persistence, except for being married.
I had a Tourette's period. And obsessive compulsive disorder. Things would get in my brain that I couldn't get out of my brain.
Marry somebody you love and who thinks you being a writer's a good idea.
I'm an equal opportunity reader - although I don't much read plays.
And since I was raised a Presbyterian, pretty much all pleasures are guilty.
I'm dyslexic. If you can reconcile yourself to not being able to burn through books, which you shouldn't any way, you can slow the whole process down. Then, because of my disability, there is more for me in imaginative literature than there is for other people.
I think that's the thing that memoir can do more than anything it does;
it testifies and bears witness to the existence of people whose lives, pleasures and virtues would never have been testified to without my having done it. That makes me really glad.
Things happen when people are not where they belong, and the world moves forward and back by that principle.
The National Rifle Association is a domestic terrorist organization that tacitly supports the killing of children more than it supports reasoned gun legislation.
Most things don't stay the way they are very long.
I'm trying to cause people to be interested in the particulars of their lives because I think that's one thing literature can do for us. It can say to us: pay attention. Pay closer attention. Pay stricter attention to what you say to your son.
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 of the world as seen from the grave. This I know.
And I think that in myself (and perhaps evident in what I write) fear of loss and the corresponding instinct to protect myself against loss are potent forces.
It is right that you have to have a tolerance for solitude.
But when that solitude bears fruit, you can abandon it. You can be in the company of others.
Even though I get a lot done with my solitude, and I make the best use of it possible, I always think solitude is an interlude in a period of time, which is populated by others.
There's a lot to be said for doing what you're not supposed to do, and the rewards of doing what you're supposed to do are more subtle and take longer to become apparent, which maybe makes it less attractive. But your life is the blueprint you make after the building is built.
I didn't feel up to writing about 9/11. If I were to write about it, it would take me years.
I went to college to study hospitality.
I quickly got out of that and realized that what I liked to do was write.
The world is a more engaging and less dramatic place than writers ever give it credit for being
Tweet, tweet, you're alive, you ignorant asshole.
Some people think that writers are innately solitary and that there's a kind of romance to that solitariness. I tend to think that what writers really want to do is get accepted into things. They want to get accepted into society, into culture, into intelligentsia, into the fun. Writing is their mechanism, their instrument, for doing that.
Find what causes a commotion in your heart. Find a way to write about that
Very early you come to the realization that nothing will ever take you away from yourself.
When I write a novel I start each morning by reading for 20 minutes.
Life's passed along to us empty. We have to make up the happiness part.
America beats on you so hard the whole time.
You are constantly being pummeled by other people's rights and their sense of patriotism.
I know you can dream your way through an otherwise fine life, and never wake up, which is what I almost did.
In order to write novels for a living - it's not pathological, but I do think and worry and brood and fidget about stuff that I'm working on.
If there's another thing that sportswriting teaches you, it is that there are no transcendent themes in life. In all cases things are here and they're over, and that has to be enough.
There are more people in America that love guns and want guns for themselves and everyone else than there are not. It is also true that liberals who don't want guns are puny by and large. They're not risking anything, all they're doing is saying they don't like something. Liberals are quick to say this should happen and this should not happen, but they don't do anything about it much.
Fear and hope are alike underneath.
When people realize they are being listened to, they tell you things.
I get very involved in the internal logic of sentences.
I think once you love somebody, you love somebody; that's just how it is.
At heart, of course, a story itself is consolation's instrument.
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 things into a whole that preserves the good, even if admittedly good is often not simple to find.
Happiness for me is getting to write about the most important things I know.
The way in which sports focuses more on the peccadilloes, lives and putative personalities of athletes and less on the finer points of playing games, I've become less interested in it. I don't want to write sports profiles.
Cynicism makes you feel smart, I know it, even when you aren't smart.
Writing never came naturally and I still have to force my hand to do it.
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?
My job is to have empathy and curiosity for things that I've never done.
Also, I'm a person whom people talk to.
Marrying the right girl is even more imperative today than it was when I was 23 years old because it's so much harder to get on as an imaginative writer like me now. You need to have somebody who believes in what you're doing and who never is skeptical about what you're doing. My wife thought it was a great thing for me to be a writer because in practical terms it freed her to do what she wanted to do, which was work.
The past is the prism through which we see a great, great, great deal of ourselves; it's a useful prism. It doesn't mean that we're fascinated by the dead or that we're fascinated by things that are settled. It is just one place where we can go to understand ourselves in the present.
If sportswriting teaches you anything, and there is much truth to it as well as plenty of lies, it is that for your life to be worth anything you must sooner or later face the possibility of terrible, searing regret. Though you must also manage to avoid it or your life will be ruined.