"A writer is a human being. He has to live with a sense of honor."
"I cringe when critics say I'm a master of the popular novel. What's an unpopular novel?”
“An absolutely necessary part of a writer's equipment, almost as necessary as talent, is the ability to stand up under punishment, both the punishment the world hands out and the punishment he inflicts upon himself.”
“Writing is like a contact sport, like football. You can get hurt, but you enjoy it.”
“Posterity makes the judgments. There are going to be a lot of surprises in store for everybody.”
Irwin Shaw "In Print" at Open Road