52+ Russell Banks Quotes On Culture, Modeling And Body Image

Top 10 Russell Banks Quotes (BEST)

  1. 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.
  2. A couple of years I taught in graduate programs at NYU and Columbia, in the early eighties.
  3. 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.
  4. Like Neanderthals, men prefer to hunt alone or, if in a pack, at the head of it. Women, whether in the field or in a campfire, are collaborative, and when they hunt...they work together.
  5. Loyalty is weird, it kicks in when you dont expect it and the people who deserve loyalty least seem to get it the most.
  6. 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.
  7. The United States particularly abandoned Liberia after the end of the Cold War.
  8. 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.
  9. Chimpanzees are endangered. Severely.
  10. My major allegiance has been to storytelling, not to history.

Russell Banks Short Quotes

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  • But on the other hand, I don't actively seek out stories or hunt them down.
  • Motivations are too tangled and complex.
  • Luck can't last a lifetime unless you die young.
  • There is a wonderful intelligence to the unconscious. It’s always smarter than we are.
  • Much more than memoir; it's history.
  • Choose your agent as carefully as you would choose your accountant or lawyer. Or dentist.
  • One hates a person for the same reason one loves him
  • Nobody does anything for one reason.
  • It's hard to spend years at a time working in total solitude with no reality-check.
  • Let the truth take care of itself, I decided. It's done all right on its own so far.

Russell Banks Quotes On Writing

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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

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

And there are people who want to be writers because they love to write. And they care. — 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

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

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

Russell Banks Quotes On Life

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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

If you are born black, it is better to be born now than in any other time in United States history. My grandson is black. His life is a different life than if he had been born when I was born. — Russell Banks

I'm seventy-six now. I'm at a stage in my life where I feel a lot of affection and regard for women, and I felt the need to make this clear in some way. I don't know how they'll feel when they read it, but I feel okay about it. — Russell Banks

It's hard to know more about a person's life than what that person wants you to know. — Russell Banks

If you dedicate your attention to discipline in your life you become smarter. — Russell Banks

Russell Banks Famous Quotes And Sayings

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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

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

Driving home, it's all I can do to keep from crying. Time's come, time's gone, time's never returning, I say to myself. What's here in front of me is all I've got, I decide, and as I drive my car through the blowing snow it doesn't seem like much, except for the kindness that I've just exchanged with an old lady, so I concentrate on that. — 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

They were gone and I missed them but even so I was very happy. For the rest of my life no matter where on this planet earth I went and no matter how scared or confused I got, I could wait until dark and look up into the night sky and see my three friends again and my heart would swell with love of them and make me strong and clearheaded. — 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

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

The way I feel about every book is this: you don't finish it, you abandon it. All of my books have in some sense failed, otherwise I wouldn't write another one. If I wrote the perfect book, I wouldn't have to write again, and I wouldn't want to. That's not true for everyone, but it's true for me. I could walk away then. But so far I haven't managed to do it. — Russell Banks

You go out into the world, you read everything you can read, you imitate the things you love, and you learn how hard it is to do. Eventually, you learn your own vision of the world, you learn your own voice and how to hear it, and you learn to write your own work. Writers today have as many opportunities as my generation did, but they don't see the examples as clearly as we did. — Russell Banks

Boys like it when you talk to them as if they were grown men—at least he always did when he was a kid—because they pretend that’s what they are anyhow, grown-up men, and they do it for their entire lives. — Russell Banks

One of the most difficult things to say to another person is, 'I hope that you will love me for no good reason.' But it is what we all want and rarely dare to say to one another, to our children, to our parents and mates, to our friends, and to strangers, especially to strangers who have neither good, nor bad reasons to love us. — Russell Banks

We are the planet, fully as much as water, earth, fire and air are the planet, and if the planet survives, it will only be through heroism. Not occasional heroism, a remarkable instance of it here and there, but constant heroism, systematic heroism, heroism as governing principle. — Russell Banks

I am not a ventriloquist. — Russell Banks

Our sins describe us, and our prohibitions describe our sins. — Russell Banks

We know that people we love are both good and bad, but we expect strangers to be one or the other. — Russell Banks

The issue of torture, connected to American soldiers, is not somewhere most people want to linger. We may not want to confront this issue so much in the U.S. because of how we want to think about our veterans. There's the sense that we want to think of our veterans as - if they're damaged, damaged by something glamorous, like a firefight. — Russell Banks

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

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

We are not buried in history, but surrounded by it. You can't avoid our behavior being shaped by it, to a considerable degree. We have this fantasy that we are free of history. This allows us not to see the circumstances, the historical circumstances of other people. — Russell Banks

Public libraries are the sole community centers left in America. The degree to which a branch of the local library is connected to the larger culture is a reflection of the degree to which the community itself is connected to the larger culture. — Russell Banks

Life Lessons by Russell Banks

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  1. Russell Banks teaches us to be mindful of the power of storytelling and its ability to connect us to our history and to each other.
  2. He reminds us of the importance of understanding the perspectives of those around us, even if they differ from our own.
  3. He encourages us to explore our own identities and to confront the difficult issues of our time with courage and empathy.

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