"The building of the architecture of a novel - the craft of it - is something I never tire of."
"We shape our buildings thereafter they shape us."John Irving on Winston Churchill
"Whatever good things we build end up building us."John Irving on Jim Rohn
"I don't build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build."John Irving on Ayn Rand
"A building has integrity just like a man. And just as seldom."John Irving on Ayn Rand
"Every great architect is - necessarily - a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age."John Irving on Frank Lloyd Wright
"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."
"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."