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  • #1
    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, The Cider House Rules


  • #2
    John Irving
    “This is a writer’s lesson:
    To learn that the sounds that we imagine can be the clearest, loudest sounds of all.”
    John Irving, Trying to Save Piggy Sneed


  • #3
    John Irving
    “… and so he tried to accept the ache in his heart as what Dr. Larch would call the common symptoms of normal life.”
    John Irving, The Cider House Rules


  • #4
    John Irving
    “If you can't love crudeness, how can you truly love mankind?”
    John Irving, My Movie Business: A Memoir


  • #5
    John Irving
    “Safer than we are.” I told Franny. “Safer than love.” “let me tell ya kid,” Franny said to me, squeezing my hand. “Everything’s safer than love.”
    John Irving, The Hotel New Hampshire


  • #6
    John Irving
    “Grant us safe lodging, and holy rest,” Mrs. Grogan was saying, “and peace at last.” Amen, thought Wilbur Larch, the Saint of St. Cloud’s, who was seventy-something, and an ether addict, and who felt that he’d come a long way and still had a long way to go.”
    John Irving, The Cider House Rules


  • #7
    John Irving
    “…there is no nakedness that compares to being naked in front of someone for the first time.”
    John Irving, A Widow for One Year


  • #8
    John Irving
    “…the consequences of sex are often more memorable than the act itself.”
    John Irving, A Widow for One Year


  • #9
    John Irving
    “When Jack Burns needed to hold his mother's hand, his fingers could see in the dark.”
    John Irving, Until I Find You


  • #10
    John Irving
    “It's a no-win argument - that business of what we're born with and what our environment does to us. And it's a boring argument, because it simplifies the mysteries that attend both our birth and our growth.”
    John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany


  • #11
    John Irving
    “It is amazing to me, now, how such wild imaginings and philosophies - inspired by a night charged with frights and calamities - made such perfectly good sense to Owen Meany and me, but good friends are nothing to each other if they are not supportive.”
    John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany


  • #12
    John Irving
    “What she might have told him was that taxidermy, like sex, is a very personal subject; the manner in which we impose it on others should be discreet.”
    John Irving, The Hotel New Hampshire


  • #13
    John Irving
    “In this world,” Franny once observed, “just as you’re trying to think of yourself as memorable, there is always someone who forgets that that they have met you.”
    John Irving


  • #14
    John Irving
    “It is an important distinction to note that she looked not only as if she had taken good care of herself, but that she had good reason to have done so. (...) She looked to be in such total possession of her life that only the most confident men could continue to look at her if she looked back at them. Even in bus stations, she was a woman who was stared at only until she looked back.”
    John Irving, The World According to Garp


  • #15
    John Irving
    “Human beings are remarkable - at what we can learn to live with. If we couldn't get strong from what we lose, and what we miss, and what we want and can't have, then we couldn't ever get strong enough, could we? What else makes us strong?”
    John Irving, The Hotel New Hampshire


  • #16
    John Irving
    “Logic is relative.”
    John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany


  • #17
    John Irving
    “We will often do anything to pretend that nothing is on our minds.”
    John Irving, Trying to Save Piggy Sneed


  • #18
    John Irving
    “Almost none of them understood Great Expectations or David Copperfield, anyway. They were not only too young for the Dickensian language, they were also too young to comprehend the usual language of St. Cloud’s. What mattered to Dr. Larch was the idea of reading aloud – it was a successful soporific for the children who didn’t know what they were listening to, and for those few who understood the words and the story, then the evening reading provided them with a way to leave St. Cloud’s in their dreams, in their imaginations.
    Dickens was a personal favorite of Dr. Larch; it was no accident, of course, that both Great Expectations and David Copperfield were concerned with orphans. (‘What in the hell else would you read to an orphan?’ Dr. Larch inquired in his journal.)”
    John Irving, The Cider House Rules


  • #19
    John Irving
    “wherever the TV glows, there sits someone who isn't reading.”
    John Irving


  • #20
    John Irving
    “The gardener had a dread of small women; he'd always imagined them to have an anger disproportionate to their size.”
    John Irving, A Widow for One Year


  • #21
    John Irving
    “She felt detached from her family, and thought it strange how they had lavished so much attention on her, as a child, and then at some appointed, prearranged time they seemed to stop the flow of affection and being the expectations - as if, for a brief phrase, you were expected to absorb love (and get enough), and then, for a much longer and more serious phase, you were expected to fulfill certain obligations.”
    John Irving, The World According to Garp


  • #22
    John Irving
    “You cannot drive with your eyes in the rear-view mirror… But dignity is difficult to maintain. Stamina requires constant upkeep. Repetition is boring. And you pay for grace.”
    John Irving, Trying to Save Piggy Sneed


  • #23
    John Irving
    “As it was, things went from bad to worse, as they often will when amateurs are involved in an activity that they perform in bad temper – or in a hurry.”
    John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany


  • #24
    John Irving
    “I’m not afraid, but I’m very nervous.”
    John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany


  • #25
    John Irving
    “Don’t you understand?” he would say, “You imagine the story better than I remember it.”
    John Irving, The Hotel New Hampshire


  • #26
    John Irving
    “But I often think that so-called glamorous people are just very busy people.”
    John Irving, The Hotel New Hampshire


  • #27
    John Irving
    “That’s what I love about boys,” Marion told him. “No matter what, you just go about your business.”
    John Irving, A Widow for One Year


  • #28
    Douglas Adams
    “The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.”
    Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time


  • #29
    Douglas Adams
    “A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.”
    Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt


  • #30
    Douglas Adams
    “The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't.”
    Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy




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