"You can't learn everything you need to know legally."
"I busted a mirror and got seven years bad luck, but my lawyer thinks he can get me five."John Irving on Steven Wright
"Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery."John Irving on Calvin Coolidge
"A successful lawsuit is the one worn by a policeman."John Irving on Robert Frost
"Make crime pay. Become a lawyer."John Irving on Will Rogers
"Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens."John Irving on Plato
"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."
"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."