John Updike Quotes

53 John Updike quotes:

"I love my government not least for the extent to which it leaves me alone."
"We do survive every moment, after all, except the last one."
"Every marriage tends to consist of an aristocrat and a peasant. Of a teacher and a learner."
"There's a crystallization that goes on in a poem which the young man can bring off, but which the middle-aged man can't."
"Until the 20th century it was generally assumed that a writer had said what he had to say in his works."
"The first breath of adultery is the freest; after it, constraints aping marriage develop."
"There is no pleasing New Englanders, my dear, their soil is all rocks and their hearts are bloodless absolutes."
"Looking foolish does the spirit good. The need not to look foolish is one of youth's many burdens; as we get older we are exempted from more and more, and float upward in our heedlessness, singing Gratia Dei sum quod sum."
"He skates saucily over great tracts of confessed ignorance."
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"You cannot help but learn more as you take the world into your hands. Take it up reverently, for it is an old piece of clay, with millions of thumbprints on it."
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"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."
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"I would especially like to recourt the Muse of poetry, who ran off with the mailman four years ago, and drops me only a scribbled postcard from time to time."
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"Perfectionism is the enemy of creation, as extreme self-solitude is the enemy of well-being."
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