Art imitates Nature in this not to dare is to dwindle.
More Quotes from John Updike:To be President of the United States, sir, is to act as advocate for a blind, venomous, and ungrateful client.
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.
The inner spaces that a good story lets us enter are the old apartments of religion.
Now that I am sixty, I see why the idea of elder wisdom has passed from currency.
The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding.
Art is like baby shoes. When you coat them with gold, they can no longer be worn.
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God makes me play well. That is why I always make the sign of a cross when I walk out on to the pitch. I feel I would be betraying him if I didn't.
There is nothing that so much gratifies an ill tongue as when it finds an angry heart.