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John Irving Quotes

Men go shopping to buy what they need. Women go shopping to find out what they want - Funny Quotes
When we first met, i had no idea you would be so important to me - Love Quotes
The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary - Work Quotes
A year from now you'll wish you started today - Work Quotes
When I first saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew - William Shakespeare Quotes
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You don't need someone to complete you. You only need someone to accept you completely - Love Quotes
I meant to behave but there were too many other options - Funny Quotes
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Nearly everything seems a letdown after a writer has finished writing something  (John Irving Quotes) 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 Quotes) 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 Quotes) 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 Quotes) 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 Quotes) If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it  (John Irving Quotes) The building of the architecture of a novel - the craft of it - is something I never tire of  (John Irving Quotes) Your memory is a monster; it summons with will of its own. You think you have a memory, but it has you  (John Irving Quotes) I always begin with a character or characters, and then try to think up as much action for them as possible  (John Irving Quotes) Half my life is an act of revision; more than half the act is performed with small changes  (John Irving Quotes) 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 Quotes) You don’t want to be ungenerous toward people who give you prizes, but it is never the social or political message that interests me in a novel. I begin with an interest in a relationship, a situation, a character  (John Irving Quotes) 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 Quotes) 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 Quotes) There’s no reason you shouldn’t, as a writer, not be aware of the necessity to revise yourself constantly  (John Irving Quotes) Writing a novel is actually searching for victims. As I write I keep looking for casualties. The stories uncover the casualties  (John Irving Quotes) 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 Quotes) 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 Quotes) Life forces enough final decisions on us. We should have the sense to avoid as many of the unnecessary ones as we can  (John Irving Quotes) If you presume to love something, you must love the process of it much more than you love the finished product  (John Irving Quotes) I do know where I’m going and it’s just a matter of finding the language to get there  (John Irving Quotes) I’ve always preferred writing in longhand. I’ve always written first drafts in longhand  (John Irving Quotes) I never know when I finish the novel I am writing which will be the next novel out of the station  (John Irving Quotes) My old coach used to say that if you were in it for the match, if you were in it for the trophies, you were in it for the wrong reasons  (John Irving Quotes) So, I don’t work in terms of real time. I don’t work in a timely fashion  (John Irving Quotes) Whatever I write, no matter how gray or dark the subject matter, it’s still going to be a comic novel  (John Irving Quotes) 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 Quotes) The more clearly one sees this world; the more one is obliged to pretend it does not exist  (John Irving Quotes) Religious freedom should work two ways: we should be free to practice the religion of our choice, but we must also be free from having someone else’s religion practiced on us  (John Irving Quotes) A woman half dressed seemed to have some power, but a man was simply not as handsome as when he was naked, and not as secure as when he was clothed  (John Irving Quotes)
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