"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."
"It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely."John Irving on Albert Einstein
"Alone we can do so little together we can do so much."John Irving on Helen Keller
"It's often just enough to be with someone. I don't need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You're not alone."John Irving on Marilyn Monroe
"Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation for it is better to be alone than in bad company."John Irving on George Washington
"I restore myself when I'm alone."John Irving on Marilyn Monroe
"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."
"The building of the architecture of a novel - the craft of it - is something I never tire of."
"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."
"If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it."
"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."