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«The essential self is innocent, and when it tastes its own innocence knows that it lives for ever.»
Author: John Updike | Keywords: innocence, tastes
«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.»
«When I write, I aim in my mind not toward New York but toward a vague spot a little to the east of Kansas.»
Author: John Updike | About: Writing | Keywords: East, East of, Kansas, The East, vague
«You cannot help but learn more as you take the world into your hands. Take it up reverently, for it is an old piece of clay, with millions of thumbprints on it.»
«Perfectionism is the enemy of creation, as extreme self-solitude is the enemy of well-being.»
Author: John Updike | About: Perfection | Keywords: extreme, perfectionism, well-being
«How do you write women so well? I think of a man and I take away reason and accountability.»
Author: John Updike | About: Men and Women, Writing | Keywords: accountability, take away
«Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five.»
«Natural beauty is essentially temporary and sad; hence the impression of obscene mockery which artificial flowers give us»
Author: John Updike | About: Beauty | Keywords: mockery, obscene
«Our brains are no longer conditioned for reverence and awe. We cannot imagine a Second Coming that would not be cut down to size by the televised evening news, or a Last Judgment not subject to pages of holier-than-thou second-guessing in The New York Review of Books.»
«Most of American life consists of driving somewhere and then returning home, wondering why the hell you went.»

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