John Updike Quotes

53 John Updike quotes:

"Men emerge pale from the little printing plant at four sharp, ghosts for an instant, blinking, until the outdoor light overcomes the look of constant indoor light clinging to them."
Author: Updike Quotes Category: Men Quotes
"The Founding Fathers in their wisdom decided that children were an unnatural strain on parents. So they provided jails called schools, equipped with tortures called an education."
"That a marriage ends is less than ideal; but all things end under heaven, and if temporality is held to be invalidating, then nothing real succeeds."
"Americans have been conditioned to respect newness, whatever it costs them."
"It was one of history's great love stories, the mutually profitable romance which Hollywood and bohunk America conducted almost in the dark, a tapping of fervent messages through the wall of the San Gabriel Range."
Author: Updike Quotes Category: America Quotes
"When we try in good faith to believe in materialism, in the exclusive reality of the physical, we are asking our selves to step aside; we are disavowing the very realm where we exist and where all things precious are kept -- the realm of emotion and conscience, of memory and intention and sensation."
Author: Updike Quotes Category: Faith Quotes Materialism Quotes
"America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy."
"Perfectionism is the enemy of creation, as extreme self-solitude is the enemy of well-being."
Author: Updike Quotes Category: Perfection Quotes
"If men do not keep on speaking terms with children, they cease to be men, and become merely machines for eating and for earning money."
"Art is like baby shoes. When you coat them with gold, they can no longer be worn."
"But for a few phrases from his letters and an odd line or two of his verse, the poet walks gagged through his own biography."
Author: Updike Quotes Category: American Novelist Quotes Letters Quotes
"Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life."
"The essential support and encouragement comes from within, arising out of the mad notion that your society needs to know what only you can tell it."
"The essential self is innocent, and when it tastes its own innocence knows that it lives for ever."
Author: Updike Quotes Category: American Novelist Quotes Innocence Quotes
"Every marriage tends to consist of an aristocrat and a peasant. Of a teacher and a learner."
"The refusal to rest content, the willingness to risk excess on behalf of one's obsessions, is what distinguishes artists from entertainers, and what makes some artists adventurers on behalf of us all."
"When I write, I aim in my mind not toward New York but toward a vague spot a little to the east of Kansas."
"Four years was enough of Harvard. I still had a lot to learn, but had been given the liberating notion that now I could teach myself."
"From infancy on, we are all spies; the shame is not this but that the secrets to be discovered are so paltry and few."
"By the time a partnership dissolves, it has dissolved."
Author: Updike Quotes Category: American Novelist Quotes Partnership Quotes

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