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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
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"Religion enables us to ignore nothingness and get on with the jobs of life." John Updike
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American Novelist    Jobs   

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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." John Updike
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American Novelist    Children   

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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." John Updike
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"Bankruptcy is a sacred state, a condition beyond conditions, as theologians might say, and attempts to investigate it are necessarily obscene, like spiritualism. One knows only that he has passed into it and lives beyond us, in a condition not ours." John Updike
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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." John Updike
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"Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them." John Updike
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"The artist brings something into the world that didn't exist before and he does it without destroying something else" John Updike
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"Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea." John Updike
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American Novelist    Criticism   

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"Art is like baby shoes. When you coat them with gold, they can no longer be worn." John Updike
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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." John Updike
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"Perfectionism is the enemy of creation, as extreme self-solitude is the enemy of well-being." John Updike
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"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
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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." John Updike
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"Natural beauty is essentially temporary and sad; hence the impression of obscene mockery which artificial flowers give us" John Updike
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"What more fiendish proof of cosmic irresponsibility than a Nature which, having invented sex as a way to mix genes, then permits to arise, amid all its perfumed and hypnotic inducements to mate, a tireless tribe of spirochetes and viruses that torture and kill us for following orders?" John Updike
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"What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit." John Updike
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American Novelist    Art   

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"Our brains are no longer conditioned for reverence and awe. We cannot imagine a Second Coming that would not be cut down to size by the televised evening news, or a Last Judgment not subject to pages of holier-than-thou second-guessing in The New York Review of Books." John Updike
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"Writing and rewriting are a constant search for what it is one is saying" John Updike
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"Inspiration arrives as a packet of material to be delivered." John Updike
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"To say that war is madness is like saying that sex is madness: true enough, from the standpoint of a stateless eunuch, but merely a provocative epigram for those who must make their arrangements in the world as given" John Updike
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