John Irving Quotes

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Good habits are worth being fanatical about.
— John Irving
An underdog is in a position to take a healthy bite.
— John Irving
When however small a measure of jealousy is mixed with misunderstanding, there is going to be trouble.

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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


A writer is a vehicle. I feel the story I am writing existed before I existed; I'm just the slob who finds it, and rather clumsily tries to do it, and the characters, justice.


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.


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!


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. They made simply awful sense out of his intuitions.