John Irving published his first novel, Setting Free the Bears, in 1968. The World According to Garp, which won the National Book Award in 1980, was John Irving’s fourth novel and his first international bestseller; it also became a George Roy Hill film. Tony Richardson wrote and directed the adaptation for the screen of The Hotel New Hampshire (1984).
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If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.
Writing a novel is actually searching for victims.
As I write I keep looking for casualties. The stories uncover the casualties.
When someone you love dies, and you're not expecting it, you don't lose her all at once; you lose her in pieces over a long time—the way the mail stops coming, and her scent fades from the pillows and even from the clothes in her closet and drawers. Gradually, you accumulate the parts of her that are gone. Just when the day comes—when there's a particular missing part that overwhelms you with the feeling that she's gone, forever—there comes another day, and another specifically missing part.
Wrestling was my first success, the first thing that confirmed that I could be good at anything. Devoting yourself to wrestling, or tennis, or skiing, or dance, or to a musical instrument is a longing to be disciplined for a purpose.
It seems to me that a great deal of this type of censorship has to do with absolving parents of responsibility - parents who just plop their kids in front of the television and leave them there hour upon hour.
We permit bad taste in this country. In fact, we even encourage it - and reward it in all manner of ways.
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 will of its own. You think you have a memory; but it has you!
I have no respect for the right-to-life position, though I have every respect for an individual who says, "I could never have that procedure, I could never see a film or read a book about that procedure." It doesn't bother me if people feel that way.
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.
I'm a very old-fashioned novelist. I write 19th-century novels, where a lot of rules apply.
I certainly think Obama is the most hopeful president I've seen in the country since John Kennedy.
I begin with an interest in a relationship, a situation, a character.
Adolescence-is it the first time in life we discover that we have something terrible to hide from those who love us?
For most of my life, when I've finished the book I'm writing, there've always been as many as two or three other novels waiting to be written next. And the decision driving which one of them it should be was never based on how long it had waited or how many accumulated pages of notes I had.
If you care about something you have to protect it – If you’re lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.
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.
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.
In an episodic treatment, such as a teleplay is, you have the ability to do what you can do in a novel, which is flash back and flash forward in the same instant, in the same scene, in the same voice.
I have lots of notebooks around, because one great advantage of writing by hand-in addition to how much it slows you down-is that it makes me write at the speed that I feel I should be composing, rather than faster than I can think, which is what happens to me on any keyboard.
I've always been interested in miracles, or the miraculous of the unexplained.
I don't scoff at what makes people believe or want to believe. I think I understand the tremendous attraction of the mysteries of the church to the same degree that I understand and appreciate the frustration people feel, especially believers, with the human rule-making arm of the church, with the not-miraculous part of the church - any church.
When Jack Burns needed to hold his mother's hand, his fingers could see in the dark.
I believe a novel should be as complicated and involved as you're capable of making it.
I write very quickly; I rewrite very slowly. It takes me nearly as long to rewrite a book as it does to get the first draft.
The first of my father's illusions was that bears could survive the life led by human beings; the second was that human beings could survive a life in hotels.
I thought some of the stories were neat;
I liked some of the liturgy and some of the songs. If you're a writer you have some inclination to pay attention. I didn't just tune it out and think about baseball. So, it had an effect on me.
It is much easier to be flexible about where a story begins than it ever was for me to change my mind about where and how a story ended.
When you legislate personal belief, you're in violation of freedom of religion.
I always thought that you could do worse than find yourself dying in the company of a devoted former student.
I've always been slow but I'm even slower now.
I'm more into the waiting, or I guess I'm more patient about the waiting.
You bet I write disaster fiction. We have compiled a disastrous record on this planet, a record of stupidity and absurdity and self-abuse and self-aggrandizement and self-deception and pompousness and self-righteousness and cruelty and indifference beyond what any other species has demonstrated the capacity for, which is the capacity for all the above.
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.
If you feel strongly about people having abortions, don't have one.
If you feel so strongly about what's on television, don't have one.
A part of adolescence is feelimg that there's no one else around who's enough like youself to understand you.
When writing a novel, I'm not smart enough to know how to foreshadow something if I don't know what it is.
All the unimaginative assholes in the world who imagine that Shakespeare couldn't have written Shakespeare because it was impossible from what we know about Shakespeare of Stratford that such a man would have had the experience to imagine such things - well, this denies the very thing that separates Shakespeare from almost every other writer in the world: an imagination that is untouchable and nonstop.
I'm not typing. I write only by longhand. I've always written first drafts by hand and then once I was into a second or third draft I wrote insert pages on a typewriter. But I got rid of all my typewriters about three or four novels ago and now I do everything by hand. I write by hand because it makes me go slow and going slow is what I like.
Writing is hard. I learned how to work hard from wrestling, not English courses.
Ted Seabrooke, my wrestling coach, had a kind of Nietzschean effect on me in terms of not just his estimation of my limited abilities, but his decidedly philosophical stance about how to conduct your life, what you should do to compensate for your limitations. This was essential to me, both as a student - and not a good one - and as a wrestler who was not a natural athlete but who had found something he loved.
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!
I was brought up in a community, in a family that valued such things as good manners, and I still do.