John Updike Quotes


53 John Updike quotes:



"Celebrity is a mask that eats into the face. As soon as one is aware of being ''somebody,'' to be watched and listened to with extra interest, input ceases, and the performer goes blind and deaf in his over-animation. One can either see or be seen."
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"Bankruptcy is a sacred state, a condition beyond conditions, as theologians might say, and attempts to investigate it are necessarily obscene, like spiritualism. One knows only that he has passed into it and lives beyond us, in a condition not ours."
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"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."
"A narrative is like a room on whose walls a number of false doors have been painted; while within the narrative, we have many apparent choices of exit, but when the author leads us to one particular door, we know it is the right one because it opens."
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"Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them."
"Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea."
"Art is like baby shoes. When you coat them with gold, they can no longer be worn."
"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."
"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."
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"Inspiration arrives as a packet of material to be delivered."
"Creativity is merely a plus name for regular activity. Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better."
"Writers may be disreputable, incorrigible, early to decay or late to bloom but they dare to go it alone."
"Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life."
"We are most alive when we're in love."
"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
"We take our bearings, daily, from others. To be sane is, to a great extent, to be sociable."
"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."
"Existence itself does not feel horrible; it feels like an ecstasy, rather, which we have only to be still to experience."
"Now that I am sixty, I see why the idea of elder wisdom has passed from currency."



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