"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."
"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."John Irving on Mark Twain
"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."John Irving on Henry Ford
"Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been."John Irving on Mark Twain
"True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country."John Irving on Kurt Vonnegut
"A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age."John Irving on Robert Frost
"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."
"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."