Richard Ford
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"Richard Ford" is an American novelist and short story writer. His best-known works are the novel The Sportswriter and its sequels, Independence Day (Ford novel)/Independence Day and The Lay of the Land, and the short story collection Rock Springs (short stories)/Rock Springs, which contains several widely anthologized stories.

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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.

It's not surprising. A lot of blacks didn't get to go to school. They were kept from being educated. It hasn't been a question of talent, it's been a question of opportunity.

Fear and hope are alike underneath.

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.

The river gives and the river basically takes away. There really isn't a vocabulary that I have access to that describes this. And as always, it's the least able to recover from this disaster who will suffer most intensely.

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.