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John Winslow Irving Facts

John Winslow Irving is an American-Canadian novelist and screenwriter.Irving achieved critical and popular acclaim after the international success of The World According to Garp in 1978. Many of Irving's novels, including The Cider House Rules (1985), A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989), and A Widow for One Year (1998) have been bestsellers. He won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in the 72nd Academy Awards (1999) for his script of The Cider House Rules. Five of his novels have been adapted into films (Garp, Hotel, Meany, Cider, Widow). (1942)

Quotes by John Winslow Irving

Every American should be forced to live outside the United States for a year or two. Americans should be forced to see how ridiculous they appear to the rest of the world! They should listen to someone else's version of themselves--to anyone else's version! Every country knows more about America than Americans know about themselves! And Americans know absolutely nothing about any other country!
John Irving /A Prayer for Owen Meany/

If you’re lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.
John Irving /A Prayer for Owen Meany/

It is hard work and great art to make life not so serious.
John Irving /The Hotel New Hampshire/

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... And that's hard, ..., because you often feel like interfering -you want to be the one who makes the plans.
John Irving /The Cider House Rules/

Logic is relative.
John Irving /A Prayer for Owen Meany/

Never confuse faith, or belief—of any kind—with something even remotely intellectual.
John Irving /A Prayer for Owen Meany/

People only ask questions when they're ready to hear the answers.
John Irving /The Cider House Rules/

So we dream on. Thus we invent our lives....We invent what we love, and what we fear.
John Irving /The Hotel New Hampshire/

The more clearly one sees this world; the more one is obliged to pretend it does not exist.
John Irving /A Son of the Circus/

What do Americans know about morality? They don't want their presidents to have penises but they don't mind if their presidents covertly arrange to support the Nicaraguan rebel forces
John Irving /A Prayer for Owen Meany/

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