Best Quotes by John Irving (Top 10)

  1. When someone you love dies, and you're not expecting it, you don't lose her all at once; you lose her in pieces over a long time"”the way the mail stops coming, and her scent fades from the pillows and even from the clothes in her closet and drawers. Gradually, you accumulate the parts of her that are gone. Just when the day comes"”when there's a particular missing part that overwhelms you with the feeling that she's gone, forever"”there comes another day, and another specifically missing part.
  2. You've got to get obsessed and stay obsessed.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. Keep passing the open windows.
  6. It is hard work and great art to make life not so serious.
  7. Never confuse faith, or belief"”of any kind"”with something even remotely intellectual.
  8. If you are careful,' Garp wrote, 'if you use good ingredients, and you don't take any shortcuts, then you can usually cook something very good. Sometimes it is the only worthwhile product you can salvage from a day; what you make to eat. With writing, I find, you can have all the right ingredients, give plenty of time and care, and still get nothing. Also true of love. Cooking, therefore, can keep a person who tries hard sane.
  9. In the world according to Garp, we are all terminal cases
  10. We don't always have a choice how we get to know one another. Sometimes, people fall into our lives cleanly—as if out of the sky, or as if there were a direct flight from Heaven to Earth—the same sudden way we lose people, who once seemed they would always be part of our lives

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