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When we try in good faith to believe in materialism, in the exclusive reality of the physical, we are asking our selves to step aside; we are disavowing the very realm where we exist and where all things precious are kept -- the realm of emotion and conscience, of memory and intention and sensation.


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"Upon shaving off one's beard." The scissors cut the long-grown hair; the razor scrapes the remnant ...
JOHN UPDIKE
Each morning my characters greet me with misty faces willing, though chilled, to muster for another ...
JOHN UPDIKE
Toni Morrison has a habit, perhaps traceable to the pernicious influence of William Faulkner, of plu...
JOHN UPDIKE
I didn't need to write historical epics, no, or science fiction, though I read a lot of science ...
JOHN UPDIKE
From infancy on, we are all spies; the shame is not this but that the secrets to be discovered are s...
JOHN UPDIKE
We don't really want to think that the artist is only very skilled, that he has merely devoted h...
JOHN UPDIKE
Chaos is God's body. Order is the Devil's chains.
JOHN UPDIKE
Looking foolish does the spirit good. The need not to look foolish is one of youth's many burdens; a...
JOHN UPDIKE
Hemingway described literary New York as a bottle full of tapeworms trying to feed on each other
JOHN UPDIKE
Her sentences march under a harsh sun that bleaches color from them but bestows a peculiar, invigora...
JOHN UPDIKE
His gray suit makes him seem extra vulnerable, in the way of children placed in unaccustomed clothes...
JOHN UPDIKE
In fiction, imaginary people become realer to us than any named celebrity glimpsed in a series of ru...
JOHN UPDIKE
I was raised in the Depression, when there was a great sense of dog-eat-dog and people fighting over...
JOHN UPDIKE
I never really made a choice to live in America, so I should be aware of the social strata outside o...
JOHN UPDIKE
He imagines the plane exploding as it touches down, ignited by one of its glints, in a ball of red f...
JOHN UPDIKE
His insides are beginning to feel sickly. The pain of the world is a crater all these syrups and pil...
JOHN UPDIKE
What you haven't done by thirty you're not likely to do. What you have done you'll do lots more.
JOHN UPDIKE
Growth is betrayal.
JOHN UPDIKE
We were all brought up to want things and maybe the world isn't big enough for all that wanting. I d...
JOHN UPDIKE
That's the trouble with caring about anybody, you begin to feel overprotective. Then you begin to fe...
JOHN UPDIKE
There's a crystallization that goes on in a poem which the young man can bring off, but which the mi...
JOHN UPDIKE
It is easy to love people in memory; the hard thing is to love them when they are there in front of ...
JOHN UPDIKE
Oh,' she says, 'the Vat prints nothing but rapes. You know what a rape usually is? It's a woman who ...
JOHN UPDIKE
Vagueness and procrastination are ever a comfort to the frail in spirit.
JOHN UPDIKE
A healthy male adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his own weight in other people's p...
JOHN UPDIKE
Perfectionism is the enemy of creation, as extreme self-solitude is the enemy of well-being.
JOHN UPDIKE
The essential self is innocent, and when it tastes its own innocence knows that it lives for ever.
JOHN UPDIKE
Being a famous writer is a little like being a tall dwarf. You're on the edge of normality.
JOHN UPDIKE
Celebrity is a mask that eats into the face. As soon as one is aware of being somebody, to be watche...
JOHN UPDIKE
Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.
JOHN UPDIKE
Most of American life consists of driving somewhere and then returning home, wondering why the hell ...
JOHN UPDIKE
The writer must face the fact that ordinary lives are what most people live most of the time, and th...
JOHN UPDIKE
We are most alive when we're in love.
JOHN UPDIKE
Mars has long exerted a pull on the human imagination. The erratically moving red star in the sky wa...
JOHN UPDIKE
I should mention something that nobody ever thinks about, but proofreading takes a lot of time. Afte...
JOHN UPDIKE
All love comes from the family.
JOHN UPDIKE
Golf's ultimate moral instruction directs us to find within ourselves a pivotal center of enjoym...
JOHN UPDIKE
Tiger Woods did not always win majors with ease; after his narrow victory in the 1999 PGA, he slumpe...
JOHN UPDIKE
Truth should not be forced; it should simply manifest itself, like a woman who has in her privacy re...
JOHN UPDIKE
Government is either organized benevolence or organized madness; its peculiar magnitude permits no s...
JOHN UPDIKE
The writers we tend to universally admire, like Beckett, or Kafka, or TS Eliot, are not very prolifi...
JOHN UPDIKE
In my first 15 or 20 years of authorship, I was almost never asked to give a speech or an interview....
JOHN UPDIKE
By the mid-17th century, telescopes had improved enough to make visible the seasonally growing and s...
JOHN UPDIKE
Hobbies take place in the cellar and smell of airplane glue.
JOHN UPDIKE