Facts about John Updike

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John Updike was a famous Novelist from USA, who lived between March 18, 1932 and January 27, 2009. He/she became 76 years old.

Zodiac etc.

He/she is born under the zodiac pisces, who is known for Fluctuation, Depth, Imagination, Reactive, Indecisive. Our collection contains 46 quotes who is written / told by John, under the main topic Art.

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Famous quotes by John Updike (46)


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"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"
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"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"
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"The inner spaces that a good story lets us enter are the old apartments of religion"
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"The first breath of adultery is the freest; after it, constraints aping marriage develop"
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"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"
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"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"
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"The essential self is innocent, and when it tastes its own innocence knows that it lives for ever"
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"Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea"
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"Writers may be disreputable, incorrigible, early to decay or late to bloom but they dare to go it alone"
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"When I write, I aim in my mind not toward New York but toward a vague spot a little to the east of Kansas"
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"We take our bearings, daily, from others. To be sane is, to a great extent, to be sociable"
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"We do survive every moment, after all, except the last one"
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"We are most alive when we're in love"
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"Until the 20th century it was generally assumed that a writer had said what he had to say in his works"
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"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"
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"Sex is like money; only too much is enough"
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"Religion enables us to ignore nothingness and get on with the jobs of life"
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"Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life"
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"Now that I am sixty, I see why the idea of elder wisdom has passed from currency"
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"Most of American life consists of driving somewhere and then returning home, wondering why the hell you went"
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"Inspiration arrives as a packet of material to be delivered"
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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"
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"I love my government not least for the extent to which it leaves me alone"
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"Government is either organized benevolence or organized madness; its peculiar magnitude permits no shading"
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"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"
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"From infancy on, we are all spies; the shame is not this but that the secrets to be discovered are so paltry and few"
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"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"
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"For male and female alike, the bodies of the other sex are messages signaling what we must do, they are glowing signifiers of our own necessities"
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"Existence itself does not feel horrible; it feels like an ecstasy, rather, which we have only to be still to experience"
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"Every marriage tends to consist of an aristocrat and a peasant. Of a teacher and a learner"
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"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"
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"Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them"
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"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"
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"Creativity is merely a plus name for regular activity. Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better"
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"By the time a partnership dissolves, it has dissolved"
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"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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"Being naked approaches being revolutionary; going barefoot is mere populism"
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"Art is like baby shoes. When you coat them with gold, they can no longer be worn"
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"Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right or better"
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"An affair wants to spill, to share its glory with the world. No act is so private it does not seek applause"
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"Americans have been conditioned to respect newness, whatever it costs them"
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"America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy"
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"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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"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"
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"A healthy male adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his own weight in other people's patience"
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"What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit"


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