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John Irving Quotes and Sayings

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

Related topics: Legal

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

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

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

 

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

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

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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

Good habits are worth being fanatical about.
- 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

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

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

Half my life is an act of revision.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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 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

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

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

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis PHOTO

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

May the world be kind to you,
and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

Whatever you do, do with kindness.
Whatever you say, say with kindness.
Wherever you go, radiate kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps,
as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

How do you want to be remembered?
Live life full out - Begin today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams,
you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Change what you see,
by changing how you see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

Whatever you do, you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon,
there is always someone to tell you
that you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising
that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A true friend is someone who
thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that
you are slightly cracked.
- Bernard Meltzer

It is the friends you can call up at 4 A.M. that matter.
- Marlene Dietrich

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

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

A friend is someone who knows all about you,
and loves you just the same.
- Elbert Hubbard

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
- Irish Blessing

May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
May you delight in Dancing Lightly With Life.
May you soar on eagle wings, high above the madness of the world.
May you always sing Melody in the Symphony of Your Life.
May you taste, smell, and touch your dreams of a beautiful tomorrow.
May your sun always shine, and your sky be forever blue.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Trust your own inner guidance.
Have faith that your steps are
carrying you toward your dreams.
Keep your eyes on the heavens
and believe that your feet will carry you well.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde

I've learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou


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