John Updike Quotes (42 quotations)

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1. A healthy male adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his own weight in other people's patience. - John Updike

2. 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. - John Updike

3. America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy. - John Updike

4. Americans have been conditioned to respect newness, whatever it costs them. - John Updike

5. Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better. - John Updike

6. Art is like baby shoes. When you coat them with gold, they can no longer be worn. - John Updike

7. 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. - John Updike

8. Critics are like pigs at the pastry cart. - John Updike

9. Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them. - John Updike

10. 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. - John Updike

11. 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. - John Updike

12. From infancy on, we are all spies; the shame is not this but that the secrets to be discovered are so paltry and few. - John Updike

13. 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. - John Updike

14. He had a sensation of anxiety and shame, a sensitivity acute beyond usefulness, as if the nervous system, flayed of its old hide of social usage, must record every touch of pain. - John Updike

15. He skates saucily over great tracts of confessed ignorance. - John Updike

16. Her sentences march under a harsh sun that bleaches color from them but bestows a peculiar, invigorating, Pascalian clarity. - John Updike

17. I moved to New England partly because it has a real literary past. The ghosts of Hawthorne and Melville still sit on those green hills. The worship of Mammon is also somewhat lessened there by the spirit of irony. I don't get hay fever in New England either. - John Updike

18. I secretly understood: the primitive appeal of the hearth. Television is-its irresistible charm-a fire. - John Updike

19. 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. - John Updike

20. Inspiration arrives as a packet of material to be delivered. - John Updike

21. 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. - John Updike

22. Life is like an overlong drama through which we sit being nagged by the vague memories of having read the reviews. - John Updike

23. Most of American life consists of driving somewhere and then returning home, wondering why the hell you went. - John Updike

24. One of the satisfactions of fiction, or drama, or poetry from the perpetrator's point of view is the selective order it imposes upon the confusion of a lived life; out of the daily welter of sensation and impression these few verbal artifacts, these narratives or poems, are salvaged and carefully presented. - John Updike

25. Perfectionism is the enemy of creation, as extreme self-solitude is the enemy of well-being. - John Updike

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