John Updike Quotes

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

John Updike

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

John Updike

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.

John Updike

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

John Updike

The golf swing is like a suitcase into which we are trying to pack one too many things.

John Updike

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

Many men are more faithful to their golf partners than to their wives and have stuck with them longer.

John Updike

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

We are most alive when we're in love

John Updike

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

John Updike

Writers may be disreputable, incorrigible, early to decay or late to bloom but they dare to go it alone.

John Updike

One of the cool, chaste countries - Canada or Sweden.

John Updike

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

John Updike

The creative writer uses his life as well as being its victim; he can control, in his work, the self-presentation that in actuality is at the mercy of a thousand accidents.

John Updike

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

John Updike

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.

John Updike

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