Ron Rash quotes

  • A small profit is better than a big loss.
    -- Ron Rash

    #Business #Loss #Choices

  • One thing's sure and nothing surer. The rich get richer and the poor get- children
    -- Ron Rash

    #Children #Rich #Poor

  • Intensely moving but never sentimental, Academy Street is a profound meditation on what Faulkner called 'the human heart in conflict with itself'. In Tess Lohan, Mary Costello has created one of the most fully realized characters in contemporary fiction. What a marvel of a book.
    -- Ron Rash

    #Moving #Book #Heart

  • But nothing is solid and permanent. Our lives are raised on the shakiest foundations. You don't need to read history books to know that. You only have to know the history of your own life.
    -- Ron Rash

    #Book #Foundation #Needs

  • What I've become convinced makes a writer are the days you hate it, the days you'd rather stick those pencils in your eyes. Sometimes I almost punish myself - if I'm not going be able to write, I'm not going be able to do anything else. I just sit there and wait.
    -- Ron Rash

    #Hate #Writing #Eye

  • John Lane has long been recognized as one of the South's finest poets and memoirists. This debut establishes him as one of our finest novelists as well. His poet's eye for detail seamlessly merges with a born storyteller's gift for narrative. Fate Moreland's Widow gives voice to those who endured one of the most painful and neglected chapters in American history.
    -- Ron Rash

    #Eye #Fate #Voice

  • Don't love anything that can be taken away.
    -- Ron Rash

    #Taken

  • We had some good times at school. I didn't know how good those times were until I left, but I guess that's the way of it
    -- Ron Rash

    #School #Way #Good Times

  • Short fiction is the medium I love the most, because it requires that I bring everything I've learned about poetry - the concision, the ability to say something as vividly as possible - but also the ability to create a narrative that, though lacking a novel's length, satisfies the reader.
    -- Ron Rash

    #Fiction #Narrative #I've Learned

  • Others can make us vulnerable and the sooner such vulnerabilities are dealt with the better
    -- Ron Rash

    #Vulnerable #Vulnerability

  • I don't even have a choice. Rachel thought how that was pretty much true of everything now, that you got one choice at the beginning but if you didn't choose right, and she hadn't, things got narrow real quick. Like trying to wade a river, she thought. You take a wrong step and set your foot on a wobbly rock or in a drop-off and you're swept away, and all you can do then is try to survive.
    -- Ron Rash

    #Real #Rivers #Feet

  • A place where something so terrible had happened shouldn't continue to exist in the world
    -- Ron Rash

    #World #Terrible #Happened

  • I wouldn't mind being a track and field coach.
    -- Ron Rash

    #Track #Mind #Fields

  • I think writing a poem is like being a greyhound. Writing a novel is like being a mule. You go up one long row, then down another, and try not to look up too often to see how far you still have to go.
    -- Ron Rash

    #Writing #Thinking #Long

  • I learnt how to hunt rattlesnakes with an eagle for Serena.
    -- Ron Rash

    #Eagles #Rattlesnakes #Hunts

  • She realized that being starved for words was the same as being starved for food, because both left a hollow place inside you, a place you needed filled to make it through another day. Rachel remembered how growing up she’d thought living on a farm with just a father was as lonely as you could be. (130)
    -- Ron Rash

    #Lonely #Growing Up #Father

  • Sometimes I know what my characters are moving away from or toward; more often I just wait and see. For instance, though I knew Sinkler in 'The Trusty' was going for water, I did not know that he would meet a fetching young farm wife until I got him into her front yard.
    -- Ron Rash

    #Moving #Character #Water

  • Steve Yarbrough is a writer of many gifts, but what makes Safe from the Neighbors such a magnificent achievement is its moral complexity. . . . Safe from the Neighbors does what only the best novels can do; after reading it, we can never see the world, or ourselves, in quite the same way.
    -- Ron Rash

    #Reading #Achievement #Doe

  • It's a hard place this world can be. No wonder a baby cries coming in to it. Tears from the start
    -- Ron Rash

    #Baby #Tears #World

  • Peter Geye has rendered the Minnesota north shore in all its stark, dangerous beauty, and it is the perfect backdrop for this deeply moving story of conflict and forgiveness. Safe from the Sea is a remarkable debut.
    -- Ron Rash

    #Moving #Sea #Perfect

  • I usually do at least a dozen drafts and progressively make more-conscious decisions. Because I've always believed stories are closer to poems than novels, I spend a lot of time on the story's larger rhythms, such as sentence and paragraph length, placement of flashbacks and dialogue.
    -- Ron Rash

    #Decision #Stories #Dozen

  • The woman doesn't look up. It's as if she's deaf. Maybe she is. Maybe she's like the Cambodian women I've read about, the ones who witnessed so many atrocities that they have willed themselves blind. Maybe that's what you have to do sometimes to survive. You kill off part of yourself, your hearing or eyesight, your capacity for hope.
    -- Ron Rash

    #Atrocities #Looks #Hearing

  • Cool-Hand Luke' is one of my favorite movies.
    -- Ron Rash

    #Hands #My Favorite #Luke