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John Updike Quotes: "Having children is something we think we ought to do because our parents did it, but when it is over the children are just other members of the human race, rather disappointingly."

Having children is something we think we ought to do because our parents did it, but when it is over the children are just other members of the human race, rather disappointingly.




John Updike Quotes: "We're past the age of heroes and hero kings... Most of our lives are basically mundane and dull, and it's up to the writer to find ways to make them interesting."

We're past the age of heroes and hero kings... Most of our lives are basically mundane and dull, and it's up to the writer to find ways to make them interesting.



John Updike Quotes: "Most of American life consists of driving somewhere and then returning home, wondering why the hell you went."

Most of American life consists of driving somewhere and then returning home, wondering why the hell you went.



John Updike Quotes: "A healthy male adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his own weight in other people's patience."

A healthy male adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his own weight in other people's patience.




John Updike Quotes: "Americans have been conditioned to respect newness, whatever it costs them."

Americans have been conditioned to respect newness, whatever it costs them.



John Updike Quotes: "The dead teach this great lesson, which we are loathe to learn: we too will die."

The dead teach this great lesson, which we are loathe to learn: we too will die.



John Updike Quotes: "There is no such thing as static happiness. Happiness is a mixed thing, a thing compounded of sacrifices, and losses, and betrayals."

There is no such thing as static happiness. Happiness is a mixed thing, a thing compounded of sacrifices, and losses, and betrayals.




John Updike Quotes: "Chinese food in Texas is the best Chinese food in the United States except Boston."

Chinese food in Texas is the best Chinese food in the United States except Boston.



John Updike Quotes: "What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit."

What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit.



John Updike Quotes: "Suddenly summoned to witness something great and horrendous, we keep fighting not to reduce it to our own smallness."

Suddenly summoned to witness something great and horrendous, we keep fighting not to reduce it to our own smallness.



John Updike Quotes: "Humor is my default mode."

Humor is my default mode.



John Updike Quotes: "But it is just two lovers, holding hands and in a hurry to reach their car, their locked hands a starfish leaping through the dark."

But it is just two lovers, holding hands and in a hurry to reach their car, their locked hands a starfish leaping through the dark.




John Updike Quotes: "The fullness ends when we give Nature her ransom, when we make children for her. Then she is through with us, and we become, first inside, and then outside, junk. Flower stalks."

The fullness ends when we give Nature her ransom, when we make children for her. Then she is through with us, and we become, first inside, and then outside, junk. Flower stalks.



John Updike Quotes: "Oh, ' she says, 'the Vat prints nothing but rapes. You know what a rape usually is? It's a woman who changed her mind afterward."

Oh, ' she says, 'the Vat prints nothing but rapes. You know what a rape usually is? It's a woman who changed her mind afterward.



John Updike Quotes: "On the single strand of wire strung to bring our house electricity, grackles and starlings neatly punctuated an invisible sentence."

On the single strand of wire strung to bring our house electricity, grackles and starlings neatly punctuated an invisible sentence.



John Updike Quotes: "The scrape and snap of Keds on loose alley pebbles seems to catapult their voices high into the moist March air blue above the wires."

The scrape and snap of Keds on loose alley pebbles seems to catapult their voices high into the moist March air blue above the wires.



John Updike Quotes: "Suspect each moment, for it is a thief, tiptoeing away with more than it brings."

Suspect each moment, for it is a thief, tiptoeing away with more than it brings.



John Updike Quotes: "Writers may be disreputable, incorrigible, early to decay or late to bloom but they dare to go it alone."

Writers may be disreputable, incorrigible, early to decay or late to bloom but they dare to go it alone.



John Updike Quotes: "I was made to feel I could do things. If you get this feeling early and can hold it until you're 15, you tend to never lose it."

I was made to feel I could do things. If you get this feeling early and can hold it until you're 15, you tend to never lose it.



John Updike Quotes: "To guarantee the individual maximum freedom within a social frame of minimal laws ensures - if not happiness - its hopeful pursuit."

To guarantee the individual maximum freedom within a social frame of minimal laws ensures - if not happiness - its hopeful pursuit.



John Updike Quotes: "Mozart's music gives us permission to live."

Mozart's music gives us permission to live.



John Updike Quotes: "Every marriage tends to consist of an aristocrat and a peasant. Of a teacher and a learner."

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



John Updike Quotes: "She had willed herself open to him and knew that the chemistry of love was all within her, her doing. Even his power to wound her with neglect was a power she had created and granted ..."

She had willed herself open to him and knew that the chemistry of love was all within her, her doing. Even his power to wound her with neglect was a power she had created and granted ...



John Updike Quotes: "Every marriage tends to consist of an aristocrat and a peasant of a teacher and a learner."

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



John Updike Quotes: "Each morning my characters greet me with misty faces willing, though chilled, to muster for another day's progress through the dazzling quicksand the marsh of blank paper."

Each morning my characters greet me with misty faces willing, though chilled, to muster for another day's progress through the dazzling quicksand the marsh of blank paper.



John Updike Quotes: "Who'll hold families together, if everybody has to live? Living is a compromise, between doing what you want and doing what other people want."

Who'll hold families together, if everybody has to live? Living is a compromise, between doing what you want and doing what other people want.



John Updike Quotes: "The study of literature threatens to become a kind of paleontology of failure, and criticism a supercilious psychoanalysis of authors."

The study of literature threatens to become a kind of paleontology of failure, and criticism a supercilious psychoanalysis of authors.



John Updike Quotes: "What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit."

What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit.



John Updike Quotes: "Now that I am sixty, I see why the idea of elder wisdom has passed from currency."

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



John Updike Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "One does not go to Moscow to get fat."

One does not go to Moscow to get fat.



John Updike Quotes: "Russia is the only country of the world you can be homesick for while you're still in it."

Russia is the only country of the world you can be homesick for while you're still in it.



John Updike Quotes: "We are cruel enough without meaning to be."

We are cruel enough without meaning to be.



John Updike Quotes: "Growth is betrayal."

Growth is betrayal.



John Updike Quotes: "He doesn't blame people for many sins, but he does hate uncoordination, the root of all evil, as he feels it, for without coordination there can be no order, no connecting."

He doesn't blame people for many sins, but he does hate uncoordination, the root of all evil, as he feels it, for without coordination there can be no order, no connecting.



John Updike Quotes: "[I]n my own case at least I feel my professional need for freedom of speech and expression prejudices me toward a government whose constitution guarantees it."

[I]n my own case at least I feel my professional need for freedom of speech and expression prejudices me toward a government whose constitution guarantees it.



John Updike Quotes: "It is easy to love people in memory the hard thing is to love them when they are there in front of you."

It is easy to love people in memory the hard thing is to love them when they are there in front of you.



John Updike Quotes: "The inner spaces that a good story lets us enter are the old apartments of religion."

The inner spaces that a good story lets us enter are the old apartments of religion.



John Updike Quotes: "The difficulty with humourists is that they will mix what they believe with what they don't whichever seems likelier to win an effect."

The difficulty with humourists is that they will mix what they believe with what they don't whichever seems likelier to win an effect.



John Updike Quotes: "Momentarily drained of lust, he stares at the remembered contortions to which it has driven him. His life seems a sequence of grotesque poses assumed to no purpose, a magic dance empty of belief."

Momentarily drained of lust, he stares at the remembered contortions to which it has driven him. His life seems a sequence of grotesque poses assumed to no purpose, a magic dance empty of belief.



John Updike Quotes: "Being able to write becomes a kind of shield, a way of hiding, a way of too instantly transforming pain into honey."

Being able to write becomes a kind of shield, a way of hiding, a way of too instantly transforming pain into honey.



John Updike Quotes: "Inspiration arrives as a packet of material to be delivered."

Inspiration arrives as a packet of material to be delivered.



John Updike Quotes: "Driving is boring, " Rabbit pontificates, "but it's what we do. Most of American life is driving somewhere and then driving back wondering why the hell you went."

Driving is boring, " Rabbit pontificates, "but it's what we do. Most of American life is driving somewhere and then driving back wondering why the hell you went.



John Updike Quotes: "The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding."

The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding.



John Updike Quotes: "Children are not a zoo of entertainingly exotic creatures, but an array of mirrors in which the human predicament leaps out at us."

Children are not a zoo of entertainingly exotic creatures, but an array of mirrors in which the human predicament leaps out at us.



John Updike Quotes: "They’ve not forgotten him: worse, they never heard of him."

They’ve not forgotten him: worse, they never heard of him.



John Updike Quotes: "If you have the guts to be yourself, other people'll pay your price."

If you have the guts to be yourself, other people'll pay your price.



John Updike Quotes: "One of the cool chaste countries - Canada or Sweden."

One of the cool chaste countries - Canada or Sweden.



John Updike Quotes: "What I'm going to do is pry every stinking tag off these f.ing chairs and make a f.ing collar and throw that cat right in Connor's puked-up face. Pale turd."

What I'm going to do is pry every stinking tag off these f.ing chairs and make a f.ing collar and throw that cat right in Connor's puked-up face. Pale turd.