John Updike

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John Updike

John Updike

Sex is like money; only too much is enough.More John Updike [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.More John Updike [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
"Writers may be disreputable, incorrigible, early to decay or late to bloom but they dare to go it alone.More John Updike [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Art is like baby shoes. When you coat them with gold, they can no longer be worn.More John Updike [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit.More John Updike [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More John Updike [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More John Updike [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More John Updike [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.More John Updike [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More John Updike [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More John Updike [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More John Updike [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Government is either organized benevolence or organized madness; its peculiar magnitude permits no shading.More John Updike [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I love my government not least for the extent to which it leaves me alone.More John Updike [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Facts are generally overesteemed. For most practical purposes, a thing is what men think it is. When they judged the earth flat, it was flat. As long as men thought slavery tolerable, tolerable it was. We live down here among shadows, shadows among shadows.More John Updike [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More John Updike [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
An affair wants to spill, to share its glory with the world. No act is so private it does not seek applause.More John Updike [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
By the time a partnership dissolves, it has dissolved.More John Updike [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Being naked approaches being revolutionary; going barefoot is mere populism.More John Updike [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Religion enables us to ignore nothingness and get on with the jobs of life.More John Updike [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is not difficult to deceive the first time, for the deceived possesses no antibodies; unvaccinated by suspicion, she overlooks lateness, accepts absurd excuses, permits the flimsiest patching to repair great rents in the quotidian.More John Updike [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Art imitates Nature in this; not to dare is to dwindle.More John Updike [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.More John Updike [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To say that war is madness is like saying that sex is madness: true enough, from the standpoint of a stateless eunuch, but merely a provocative epigram for those who must make their arrangements in the world as given.More John Updike [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Most of American life consists of driving somewhere and then returning home, wondering why the hell you went.More John Updike [03/12/2018 02:03:32]

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