John Updike Quotes


53 John Updike quotes:



"Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five."
"What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit."
"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
"America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy."
"Americans have been conditioned to respect newness, whatever it costs them."
"Truth should not be forced; it should simply manifest itself, like a woman who has in her privacy reflected and coolly decided to bestow herself upon a certain man."
"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."
"A leader is one who, out of madness or goodness, volunteers to take upon himself the woe of the people. There are few men so foolish, hence the erratic quality of leadership in the world."
"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
"Each morning my characters greet me with misty faces willing, though chilled, to muster for another day's progress through the dazzling quicksand the marsh of blank paper."
"A healthy male adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his own weight in other people's patience."
"An affair wants to spill, to share its glory with the world. No act is so private it does not seek applause."
"Government is either organized benevolence or organized madness; its peculiar magnitude permits no shading."
"Customs and convictions change; respectable people are the last to know, or to admit, the change, and the ones most offended by fresh reflections of the facts in the mirror of art."
"Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right or better."
"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
"There is this quality in things, of the Right was seeming Wrong at first. To test our faith"
Author: Updike Quotes Category: Faith Quotes



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