Every life deserves a certain amount of dignity, no matter how poor or damaged the shell that carries it.— Rick Bragg
The most superior Rick Bragg quotes that are free to learn and impress others
This is a place where grandmothers hold babies on their laps under the stars and whisper in their ears that the lights in the sky are holes in the floor of heaven.
It was a good moment, the kind you would like to press between the pages of a book, or hide in your sock drawer, so you could touch it again.
Momma kept a garden, which sounds romantic to people who have never held a hoe
Passion is something you really don't miss, after it has cooled.
It is like looking at an empty bottle on the side of the road and thinking, "Boy, I wish I had a Coke." The loves you miss are the ones that go away when they are still warm, even hot, to the touch.
I made some friends for life, the way I usually make them.
Any jackass can be pleasant company, but if people help you when you're at your worst, that's a friend.
You do not hate the time you waste; it evokes a much more passive emotion than that. You only wish you had it back, like a quarter in an unlucky slot machine.
It is easy to be liked when the world has no jagged edges, when life is electric blankets and peach ice cream. But to be beloved, a man needs a dragon.
These were people... who built redwood decks on their mobile homes and have no idea that smart-aleck Yankees think that is somehow funny. People of the pines. My people.
And Sandy Martindale ... dated Elvis before the rhinestone jumpsuits and the drugs, when he was sharp and cool and jagged, like porcelain that has been hurled against a wall.
People who think there is something pedestrian about journalism are just ignorant.
The only thing poverty does is grind down your nerve endings to a point that you can work harder and stoop lower than most people are willing to. It chips away a person's dreams to the point that the hopelessness shows through, and the dreamer accepts that hard work and borrowed houses are all this life will ever be.
It wasn't that I had gotten it right . . . but that I had gotten true.
I don't think there's a difference between writing for a newspaper or magazine and doing a chapter in a book.
This is home and home is not something you remember, it is something you see every day and every moment.
When you're a sportswriter, you learn how to use your imagination and to flex your literary muscle, because it's the same game played over and over again. There's nothing unique or marvelous. It's not an earthquake, or a weird mass murder. It's just the same old game played over and over, and you have to bring out the personalities. You have to drag them kicking and screaming out into the light of day, or you're not a good sportswriter.
Like most men, Jimmy Jim was neither all good nor all bad.
It is just that when he was bad, gentler people saw in him a disturbing fury. People, a lot them, don't understand fury. They understand anger and even hatred, but fury is one of those old words that have gone out of style. Jimmy Jim Bundrum understood it. It rode his shoulder like a parrot.
It is a common condition of being poor.
..you are always afraid that the good things in your life are temporary, that someone can take them away, because you have no power beyond your own brute strength to stop them.
Don’t worry about what people think, because once it’s all over the people who love you will make you what they want you to be, and the people who don’t love you will, too.
I have dictated stories from an airport after writing the story out in longhand on the plane that I got from phone interviews and then was applauded by editors for 'working magic.
There are these boutique writers out there who think if they are not writing their novels sitting at a bistro with their laptops, then they're not real writers. That's ridiculous.
I believe that if we are going to write about life and death, we should not do it from the cheap seats.
The best writers who have put pen to paper have often had a journalism background.
The Haitians, who knew something about suffering and survival, had a beautiful phrase... The Translation is not perfect, but the nut of it was: 'The season of pain is never over until the sky begins to cry.
Most national correspondents will tell you they rely on stringers and researchers and interns and clerks and news assistants.