John Updike Quotes

Hemingway described literary New York as a bottle full of tapeworms trying to feed on each other.

There’s always something new by looking at the same thing over and over.

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

She must have been kicked unseen or brushed by a car. Too young to know much, she was beginning to learn To use the newspapers spread on the kitchen floor And to win, wetting there, the words, “Good dog! Good dog!” We thought her shy malaise was a shot reaction. The autopsy disclosed a rupture […]

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

It seems to me the book has not just aesthetic values – the charming little clothy box of the thing, the smell of the glue, even the print, which has its own beauty. But there’s something about the sensation of ink on paper that is in some sense a thing, a phenomenon rather than an […]

One out of three hundred and twelve Americans is a bore… and a healthy male adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his own weight in other people’s patience.

Art is like baby shoes. When you coat them with gold, they can no longer be worn.

Art imitates nature in this: not to dare is to dwindle.

America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.