John Updike Quotes

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

John Updike

In memory's telephoto lens, far objects are magnified.

John Updike

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

John Updike

The essential self is innocent, and when it tastes its own innocence knows that it lives for ever.

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

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

Government is either organized benevolence or organized madness; its peculiar magnitude permits no shading.

John Updike

Celebrity is a mask that eats into the face. As soon as one is aware of being somebody, to be watched and listened to with extra interest, input ceases, and the performer goes blind and deaf in his over animation. One can either see or be seen.

John Updike

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.

John Updike

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