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John Updike quotes

There is no pleasing New Englanders, my dear, their soil is all rocks and their hearts are bloodless absolutes.

Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.

What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit.

We are most alive when we're in love.

Creativity is merely a plus name for regular activity. Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better.

Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.

To be President of the United States, sir, is to act as advocate for a blind, venomous, and ungrateful client.

We do survive every moment, after all, except the last one.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

An affair wants to spill, to share its glory with the world. No act is so private it does not seek applause.

By the time a partnership dissolves, it has dissolved.

Being naked approaches being revolutionary; going barefoot is mere populism.

Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.

Sex is like money; only too much is enough.

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.

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.