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Top 380 John Irving Quotes (2023 Update)

John Irving Quote: “You’ve got to get obsessed and stay obsessed.”
John Irving Quote: “If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.”
John Irving Quote: “You only grow by coming to the end of something and by beginning something else.”
John Irving Quote: “Keep passing the open windows.”
John Irving Quote: “There’s nothing as scary as the future.”
John Irving Quote: “Your memory is a monster; it summons with will of its own. You think you have a memory, but it has you.”
John Irving Quote: “Ad majorem Dei gloriam – to the greater glory of God.”
John Irving Quote: “Goodnight you princes of Maine, you kings of New England.”
John Irving Quote: “You take every opportunity given you in this world, even if you have too many opportunities. One day, the opportunities stop, you know.”
John Irving Quote: “Your memory is a monster; you forget – it doesn’t. It simply files things away. It keeps things for you, or hides things from you – and summons them to your recall with a will of its own. You think you have a memory; but it has you!”
John Irving Quote: “Self-hatred is worse than loneliness.”
John Irving Quote: “Half my life is an act of revision; more than half the act is performed with small changes.”
John Irving Quote: “With every book, you go back to school. You become a student. You become an investigative reporter. You spend a little time learning what it’s like to live in someone else’s shoes.”
John Irving Quote: “What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life – to strengthen each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?”
John Irving Quote: “The way you define yourself as a writer is that you write every time you have a free minute. If you didn’t behave that way you would never do anything.”
John Irving Quote: “If you presume to love something, you must love the process of it much more than you love the finished product.”
John Irving Quote: “Life is serious but art is fun!”
John Irving Quote: “It is hard work and great art to make life not so serious.”
John Irving Quote: “What is hardest to accept about the passage of time is that the people who once mattered the most to us wind up in parentheses.”
John Irving Quote: “Half my life is an act of revision.”
John Irving Quote: “Good habits are worth being fanatical about.”
John Irving Quote: “Sic transit gloria mundi.”
John Irving Quote: “You know, everybody dies. My parents died. Your father died. Everybody dies. I’m going to die too. So will you. The thing is, to have a life before we die. It can be a real adventure having a life.”
John Irving Quote: “Rituals are comforting; rituals combat loneliness.”
John Irving Quote: “I’m old-fashioned, a storyteller. I’m not an analyst and I’m not an intellectual.”
John Irving Quote: “We are formed by what we desire.”
John Irving Quote: “A writer’s job is to imagine everything so personally that the fiction is as vivid as memories.”
John Irving Quote: “You live your life at the time you live it – you don’t have much of an overview when what’s happening to you is still happening.”
John Irving Quote: “I’m not afraid, but I’m very nervous.”
John Irving Quote: “O God – please give him back! I shall keep asking You.”
John Irving Quote: “The main character and the most important character are not always the same person – you have to know the difference.”
John Irving Quote: “Imagining something is better than remembering something.”
John Irving Quote: “A personal injustice is stronger motivation than any instinct for philanthropy.”
John Irving Quote: “My life is a reading list.”
John Irving Quote: “When I finally write the first sentence, I want to know everything that happens, so that I am not inventing the story as I write it – rather, I am remembering a story that has already happened.”
John Irving Quote: “It’s my experience that very few writers, young or old, are really seeking advice when they give out their work to be read. They want support; they want someone to say, “Good job.””
John Irving Quote: “It is your responsibility to find fault with me, it is mine to hear you out. But don’t expect me to change.”
John Irving Quote: “You know, people think you have to be dumb to skip rope for 45 minutes. No, you have to be able to imagine something else. While you’re skipping rope, you have to be able to see something else.”
John Irving Quote: “My dear boy, please don’t put a label on me – don’t make me a category before you get to know me!”
John Irving Quote: “It was a sound like someone trying not to make a sound.”
John Irving Quote: “Patriotism is not necessarily defined as blind devotion to a president’s particular agenda – and that to dispute a presidential policy is not necessarily anti-American.”
John Irving Quote: “In the world according to Garp, we are all terminal cases.”
John Irving Quote: “And never forget, there is memory.”
John Irving Quote: “Kids are beautiful, man. And they know much more than grownups think they know. Kids are just perfect people until grownups get their hands on them.”
John Irving Quote: “Being afraid you’ll look like a coward is the worst reason for doing anything.”
John Irving Quote: “I have a friend who says that reviewers are the tickbirds of the literary rhinoceros-but he is being kind. Tickbirds perform a valuable service to the rhino and the rhino hardly notices the birds.”
John Irving Quote: “Sometimes, when we are labeled, when we are branded, our brand becomes our calling;.”
John Irving Quote: “Among adults – and among orphans – Wilbur Larch noted that delirious happiness was rare.”
John Irving Quote: “Things often are as they appear. First impressions matter.”
John Irving Quote: “Gender mattered a whole lot less to Shakespeare than it seems to matter to us.”
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