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There's no reason you shouldn't, as a writer,
by John Irving

There's no reason you shouldn't, as a writer,
not be aware of the necessity to revise yourself constantly.
- John Irving

You can't learn everything you need to know legally.
- John Irving

If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love,
you have to find the courage to live it.
- John Irving

And I find - I'm 63, and my capacity to be by myself
and just spend time by myself hasn't diminished any.
That's the necessary part of being a writer,
you better like being alone.
- John Irving

 

Sometimes that's a year, sometimes it's 18 months,
where all I'm doing is taking notes.
I'm reconstructing the story from the back to the front
so that I know where the front is.
- John Irving

Writing a novel is actually searching for victims.
As I write I keep looking for casualties.
The stories uncover the casualties.
- John Irving

I suppose I'm proudest of my novels for what's imagined in them.
I think the world of my imagination is a richer and
more interesting place than my personal biography.
- John Irving

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There's no reason you should write any novel quickly.
- John Irving

I have pretty thick skin, and I think if you're going to be in this business,
if you're going to be an actor or a writer,
you better have a thick skin.
- John Irving

Sigmund Freud was a novelist with a scientific background.
He just didn't know he was a novelist.
All those damn psychiatrists after him,
they didn't know he was a novelist either.
- John Irving

More than a half, maybe as much as two-thirds of my
life as a writer is rewriting.
I wouldn't say I have a talent that's special.
It strikes me that I have an unusual kind of stamina.
- John Irving

To each other, we were as normal and nice as the smell of bread.
We were just a family.
In a family even exaggerations make perfect sense.
- John Irving

Good habits are worth being fanatical about.
- John Irving

Half my life is an act of revision.
- John Irving

You've got to get obsessed and stay obsessed.
- John Irving

The building of the architecture of a novel -
the craft of it -
is something I never tire of.
- John Irving

I take people very seriously.
People are all I take seriously, in fact.
Therefore, I have nothing but sympathy for how people behave -
and nothing but laughter to console them with.
- John Irving

There are few things as seemingly untouched by the
real world as a child asleep.
- John Irving

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

I had been a student in Vienna, and one of the neat
little things I had found out was about that zoo.
It was a good debut novel for me to have published.
I was 26 or 27 when it was published.
I already had a kid and would soon have a second.
- John Irving

You don't want to dwell on your enemies,
you know.
I basically feel so superior to my critics for the
simple reason that they haven't done what I do.
Most book reviewers haven't written 11 novels.
Many of them haven't written one.
- John Irving

And I don't want to begin something,
I don't want to write that first sentence until all
the important connections in the novel are known to me.
As if the story has already taken place,
and it's my responsibility to put it in the right order to tell it to you.
- John Irving

No adult in my family would ever tell me anything about who my father was.
I knew from an older cousin - only four years older than I am -
everything,
or what little I could discover about him.
- John Irving

I've always been a fan of the 19th century novel,
of the novel that is plotted, character-driven,
and where the passage of time is almost as central
to the novel as a major minor character,
the passage of time and its effect on the characters in the story.
- John Irving

When I was still in prep school - 14,
15 - I started keeping notebooks, journals.
I started writing, almost like landscape drawing or life drawing.
I never kept a diary, I never wrote about my day and what happened to me,
but I described things.
- John Irving

I don't begin a novel or a screenplay until I know the ending.
And I don't mean only that I have to know what happens.
I mean that I have to hear the actual sentences.
I have to know what atmosphere the words convey.
- John Irving

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

I think the sport of wrestling, which I became involved with at the age of 14...
I competed until I was 34, kind of old for a contact sport.
I coached the sport until I was 47.
I think the discipline of wrestling has given me the
discipline I have to write.
- John Irving

He who can no longer pause to wonder
and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead;
his eyes are closed.
- Albert Einstein

If we have no peace,
it is because we have forgotten
that we belong to each other.
- Mother Teresa

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil.
- Japanese pictorial maxim (the Three Wise Monkeys)

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

There are no facts, only interpretations.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Clouds come floating into my life,
no longer to carry rain or usher storm,
but to add color to my sunset sky.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

I leave no trace of wings in the air,
but I am glad I have had my flight.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Say NO to the demands of the world.
Say YES to the longings of your own heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I say NO to the demands of the world.
I say YES to the longings of my own heart.
There is nothing I ever need to have.
There is nothing I ever need to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The River of Life has no meaning,
no good, no bad, no better, no worse,
no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong

No good comes from hurrying.
- Yiddish Proverb

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

Do not blame the thistle that you see no beauty.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Where there is no accusation of "fault,"
there can be no anger.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not let Sunday be taken from you.
If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
- Albert Schweitzer

Without change, there would be no butterflies.
- Anonymous

No one was ever named "Hero" for following the crowd.
Heroes set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Remember, no matter where you go, there you are.
- Confucius

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

Do or do not, there is no try.
- Jedi Master Yoda in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.
- Helen Keller

Choose with no regret.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

There is no passion to be found playing small -
in settling for a life that is less
than the one you are capable of living.
- Nelson Mandela

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

When people get caught up with that which is right
and they are willing to sacrifice for it,
there is no stopping point short of victory.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.
- Leonardo da Vinci

There are no small acts of kindness.
Every compassionate act makes large the world.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Travelers, there is no path.
Paths are made by walking.
- Antonio Machado

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need
but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?
- 1 John 3:17

Through humor, you can soften some
of the worst blows that life delivers.
And once you find laughter,
no matter how painful your situation might be,
you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby

Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs.
Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.
- John F. Kennedy

Where wisdom reigns, there is no conflict
between thinking and feeling.
- Carl Jung

There is no labor a person does that is undignified;
if they do it right.
- Bill Cosby

There is no truth, only human opinion.
- Anonymous

Unless both sides win,
no agreement can be permanent.
- Jimmy Carter

No man is free who is not master of himself.
- Epictetus


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