"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."
"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect."John Irving on Mark Twain
"The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax."John Irving on Albert Einstein
"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure."John Irving on Colin Powell
"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."John Irving on Dale Carnegie
"If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance."John Irving on Abraham Lincoln
"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."
"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."
"The building of the architecture of a novel - the craft of it - is something I never tire of."
"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."