"The romantic idea is that everybody around a writer must suffer for his talent. I think a writer is a citizen of humanity, part of his nation, part of his family. He may have to make some compromises."
"Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow."Irwin Shaw on William Shakespeare
"Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance."Irwin Shaw on Oscar Wilde
"The word 'romance,' according to the dictionary, means excitement, adventure, and something extremely real. Romance should last a lifetime."Irwin Shaw on Billy Graham
"A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure."Irwin Shaw on Charlie Chaplin
"Romantic love is mental illness. But it's a pleasurable one. It's a drug. It distorts reality, and that's the point of it. It would be impossible to fall in love with someone that you really saw."Irwin Shaw on Fran Lebowitz