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Letter "J" » John Updike Quotes
«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.»
«Many men are more faithful to their golf partners than to their wives and have stuck with them longer.»
«Existence itself does not feel horrible; it feels like an ecstasy, rather, which we have only to be still to experience.»
«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.»
«Religion enables us to ignore nothingness and get on with the jobs of life.»
«Now that I am sixty, I see why the idea of elder wisdom has passed from currency.»
«Being naked approaches being revolutionary; going barefoot is mere populism»
«Americans have been conditioned to respect newness, whatever it costs them.»
«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.»
«From infancy on, we are all spies; the shame is not this but that the secrets to be discovered are so paltry and few.»