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Letter "J" » John Updike Quotes
«To be President of the United States, sir, is to act as advocate for a blind, venomous, and ungrateful client; still, one must make the best of the case, for the purposes of Providence.»
«School is where you go between when your parents can't take you, and industry can't take you.»
«Government is either organized benevolence or organized madness; its peculiar magnitude permits no shading.»
«I secretly understood: the primitive appeal of the hearth. Television is-its irresistible charm-a fire.»
«The city overwhelmed our expectations. The Kiplingesque grandeur of Waterloo Station, the Eliotic despondency of the brick row in Chelsea the Dickensian nightmare of fog and sweating pavement and besmirched cornices.»
Author: John Updike
, The Brick
«The inner spaces that a good story lets us enter are the old apartments of religion.»
«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.»
«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.»