Quotes by John Updike (Novelist/American).

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I think books should have secrets, like people do.
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Writers may be disreputable, incorrigible, early to decay or late to bloom but they dare to go it alone.
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Mars has long exerted a pull on the human imagination. The erratically moving red star in the sky was seen as sinister or violent by the ancients: The Greeks identified it with Ares, the god of war; the Babylonians named it after Nergal, god of the underworld. To the ancient Chinese, it was Ying-huo, the fire planet.
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In art, anything goes, and if it goes, it goes.
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Old age treats freelance writers pretty gently.
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There is no pleasing New Englanders, my dear, their soil is all rocks and their hearts are bloodless absolutes.
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Belief, like love, must be voluntary.
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I love Shillington not as one loves Capri or New York, because they are special, but as one loves one's own body and consciousness, because they are synonymous with being.
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Customs and convictions change; respectable people are the last to know, or to admit, the change, and the ones most offended by fresh reflections of the facts in the mirror of art.
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New York, like the Soviet Union, has this universal usefulness: It makes you glad you live elsewhere.
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Four years was enough of Harvard. I still had a lot to learn, but had been given the liberating notion that now I could teach myself.
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I have never liked haircuts.
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To guarantee the individual maximum freedom within a social frame of minimal laws ensures - if not happiness - its hopeful pursuit.
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We don't really want to think that the artist is only very skilled, that he has merely devoted his life to perfecting a certain set of intelligible skills.
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The first author I met socially was Joyce Cary.
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Golf's ultimate moral instruction directs us to find within ourselves a pivotal center of enjoyment: relax into a rhythm that fits the hills and swales, and play the shot at hand - not the last one, or the next one, but the one at your feet, in the poison ivy, where you put it.
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My first ambition was to be an animator for Walt Disney. Then I wanted to be a magazine cartoonist.
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Some stories or passages are more difficult and demand more fussing with than others, but, in general, I'm a two-draft writer rather than a six-draft writer, or whatever.
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America is beyond power; it acts as in a dream, as a face of God. Wherever America is, there is freedom, and wherever America is not, madness rules with chains, darkness strangles millions. Beneath her patient bombers, paradise is possible.
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I see no intrinsic reason why a doubly talented artist might not arise and create a comic-strip novel masterpiece.
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I'm a dull person.
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There's almost nothing worse to live with than a struggling artist.
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When you sit at your desk, if you're lucky, there's a moment when you feel empowered to be someone or something else, to leap into another skin.
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My wife and I had children when we were children ourselves.
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I don't know; I think I'd be gloomy without some faith that there is a purpose and there is a kind of witness to my life.
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