Inspirational John Irving Quotes

John Irving (born John Wallace Blunt, Jr. on March 2, 1942) is an American novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. Below is a list of some Inspirational John Irving Quotes.

John Irving Quotes
John Irving Quotes

John Irving Quotes

“If you care about something you have to protect it – If you’re lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.”
― John Irving

“We invent what we love and what we fear.”
― John Irving

“We often need to lose sight of our priorities in order to see them.”
― John Irving

“Imagining something is better than remembering something.”
― John Irving

“Never confuse faith, or belief—of any kind—with something even remotely intellectual.”
― John Irving

“Logic is relative.”
― John Irving quotes

“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 will of its own. You think you have a memory; but it has you!”
John Irving

“It´s natural to want someone you love to do what you want, or what you think would be good for them, but you have to let everything happen to them.”
― John Irving

“My life is a reading list.”
― John Irving

“It is your responsibility to find fault with me, it is mine to hear you out. But don’t expect me to change.”
― John Irving

“You’ve got to get obsessed and stay obsessed.”
― John Irving

“Life is serious but art is fun!”
― John Irving

“I’m not afraid, but I’m very nervous.”
― John Irving

“They were involved in that awkward procedure of getting to unknow each other.”
― John Irving

“People only ask questions when they’re ready to hear the answers.”
― John Irving quotes

“Half my life is an act of revision.”
― John Irving

“A truly happy woman drives some men and almost every other woman absolutely crazy.”
― John Irving

“It is hard work and great art to make life not so serious.”
― John Irving

“The only way you get Americans to notice anything is to tax them or draft them or kill them.”
― John Irving

“Being afraid you’ll look like a coward is the worst reason for doing anything.”
― John Irving

“What is hardest to accept about the passage of time is that the people who once mattered the most to us wind up in parentheses.”
― John Irving

“You can’t interfere with people you love any more than you’re supposed to interfere with people you don’t even know. And that’s hard, because you often feel like interfering you want to be the one who makes the plans.”
― John Irving

“Keep passing the open windows.”
― John Irving

“In this dirty minded world, you are either someone’s wife or someone’s whore. And if you’re not either people think there is something wrong with you but there is nothing wrong with me.”
― John Irving

“The more clearly one sees this world; the more one is obliged to pretend it does not exist.”
― John Irving

“In increments both measurable and not, our childhood is stolen from us — not always in one momentous event but often in a series of small robberies, which add up to the same loss.”
― John Irving

“Watch out for people who call themselves religious; make sure you know what they mean––make sure they know what they mean!”
― John Irving

“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.”
― John Irving

“So we dream on. Thus we invent our lives. We give ourselves a sainted mother, we make our father a hero; and someone’s older brother and someone’s older sister – they become our heroes too.”
― John Irving

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5 Comments


  1. Beautiful quotes! Have you, by any chance, posted any quotes on Emotions?

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      1. Ok, thank you! The quotes you select are wonderful too! 🙂

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