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John Updike Quotes

Now that I am sixty, I see why the idea of elder wisdom has passed from currency.

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Every marriage tends to consist of an aristocrat and a peasant. Of a teacher and a learner.

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Possession diminishes perception of value, immediately.

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Religion enables us to ignore nothingness and get on with the jobs of life.

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

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America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.

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

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Art imitates Nature in this not to dare is to dwindle.

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Boys are playing basketball around a telephone pole with a backboard bolted to it.

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

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

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School is where you go between when your parents can't take you, and industry can't take you.

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We take our bearings, daily, from others. To be sane is, to a great extent, to be sociable.

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