John Hoyer Updike (born March 18, 1932 in Shillington, Pennsylvania) was an American writer. Updike's most famous work is his Rabbit series (Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit Is Rich; Rabbit At Rest; and Rabbit Remembered). Rabbit is Rich and Rabbit at Rest both won Pulitzer Prizes for Updike.
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By the time a partnership dissolves, it has dissolved.
When I write, I aim in my mind not toward New York but toward a vague spot a little to the east of Kansas.
Art imitates Nature in this; not to dare is to dwindle.
Being naked approaches being revolutionary; going barefoot is mere populism.
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
The essential self is innocent, and when it tastes its own innocence knows that it lives for ever.
The refusal to rest content, the willingness to risk excess on behalf of one's obsessions, is what distinguishes artists from entertainers, and what makes some artists adventurers on behalf of us all.
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.
Inspiration arrives as a packet of material to be delivered.
Government is either organized benevolence or organized madness;
its peculiar magnitude permits no shading.
Americans have been conditioned to respect newness, whatever it cost them.
What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit.
The guarantee that our self enjoys an intended relation to the outer world is most, if not all, we ask from religion. God is the self projected onto reality by our natural and necessary optimism. He is the not-me personified.
What you haven't done by thirty you're not likely to do. What you have done you'll do lots more.
The United States, democratic and various though it is, is not an easy country for a fiction-writer to enter: the slot between the fantastic and the drab seems too narrow.
Truth should not be forced; it should simply manifest itself, like a woman who has in her privacy reflected and coolly decided to bestow herself upon a certain man.
Art is like baby shoes. When you coat them with gold, they can no longer be worn.
Facts are generally overesteemed. For most practical purposes, a thing is what men think it is. When they judged the earth flat, it was flat. As long as men thought slavery tolerable, tolerable it was. We live down here among shadows, shadows among shadows.
That a marriage ends is less than ideal;
but all things end under heaven, and if temporality is held to be invalidating, then nothing real succeeds.
The fact that we still live well cannot ease the feeling that we no longer live nobly.
You write because you don't talk very well, and maybe one of the reasons that I was determined to write was that I wasn't an orator, unlike my mother and my grandfather, who both spoke beautifully and spoke all the time. Maybe I grew up with too many voices around me, as a matter of fact.
Among the repulsions of atheism for me has been its drastic uninterestingness as an intellectual position. Where was the ingenuity, the ambiguity, the humanity (in the Harvard sense) of saying that the universe just happened to happen and that when we're dead we're dead?
Living is a compromise, between doing what you want and doing what other people want.
Try to develop actual work habits, and even though you have a busy life, try to reserve an hour, say - or more - a day to write. Some very good things have been written on an hour a day.
School is where you go between when your parents can't take you, and industry can't take you.
Fenway Park, in Boston, is a lyric little bandbox of a ballpark.
Everything is painted green and seems in curiously sharp focus, like the inside of an old-fashioned peeping-type Easter egg.
Government [is] an illusion the governed should not encourage.
Love makes the air light.
I complain a lot. That's one way of coping. But I'm in a profession where nobody tells you to quit. No board of other partners tells you it's time to get your gold watch, and no physical claim is made on you like an athlete or an actress. So I try to plug along on the theory that I can still do it. I still keep trying to produce prose, and some poetry, in the hope that I can find something to say about being alive, this country, but generally the human condition.
Nothing feels worse than other people's good times.
Being a divorcee in a small town is a little like playing Monopoly;
eventually you land on all the properties.
Celebrity is a mask that eats into the face.
As soon as one is aware of being somebody, to be watched and listened to with extra interest, input ceases, and the performer goes blind and deaf in his overanimation. One can either see or be seen.
Religion enables us to ignore nothingness and get on with the jobs of life.
There's a crystallization that goes on in a poem which the young man can bring off, but which the middle-aged man can't.