John Irving Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old john irving quotes, john irving sayings, and john irving proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Baseball is a game with a lot of waiting in it; it is a game with increasingly heightened anticipation of increasingly limited action.     

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He also knew that rivals are best unmanned by being ignored.     

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It happens to many teenagers-that moment when you feel full of resentment or distrust for those adults you once loved unquestioningly.     

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The excitement of anticipation was *almost* equal to the thrill of lovemaking ...     

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A personal injustice is stronger motivation than any instinct for philanthropy.     

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Of all the things you choose in life, you don't get to choose what your nightmares are. You don't pick them; they pick you.     

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Life forces enough final decisions on us. We should have the sense to avoid as many of the unnecessary ones as we can.     

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Men who believe in good and evil, and who believe that good should win, should watch for those moments when it is possible to play God     

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You've got to get obsessed and stay obsessed.     

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In a living city, I could never have noticed so much. Living cities don't hold still.     

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My old coach used to say that if you were in it for the match, if you were in it for the trophies, you were in it for the wrong reasons.     

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Keep passing the open windows.     

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Gender mattered a whole lot less to Shakespeare than it seems to matter to us.     

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Half my life is an act of revision.     

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Almost everyone is dying to leave home, eventually; and almost everyone needs to.     

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It is exhausting to be seventeen and not know who you are.     

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Newspapers are even worse for me than ice cream; headlines, and the big issues that generate the headlines, are pure fat.     

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Your memory is a monster; you forget - it doesn't. It simply files things away. It keeps things for you, or hides things from you - and summons them to your recall with a will of its own. You think you have a memory; but it has you!     

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Religious freedom should work two ways: we should be free to practice the religion of our choice, but we must also be free from having someone else's religion practiced on us.     

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