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    Tiger Woods did not always win majors with ease; after his narrow victory in the 1999 PGA, he slumped and sighed as if he'd been carrying rocks uphill all afternoon.
    — John Updike
    tags: victory 
     
    Mars has long exerted a pull on the human imagination. The erratically moving red star in the sky was seen as sinister or violent by the ancients: The Greeks identified it with Ares, the god of war; the Babylonians named it after Nergal, god of the underworld. To the ancient Chinese, it was Ying-huo, the fire planet.
    — John Updike
    tags: human  star  fire  sky  god  imagination  violent 
     
    Creativity is merely a plus name for regular activity. Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better.
    — John Updike
    For some of us, books are intrinsic to our sense of personal identity.
    — John Updike
    tags: personal  identity  book 
     
    Arabic is very twisting, very beautiful. The call to prayer is quite haunting; it almost makes you a believer on the spot.
    — John Updike
    The cinema has done more for my spiritual life than the church. My ideas of fame, success and beauty all originate from the big screen. Whereas Christian religion is retreating everywhere and losing more and more influence; film has filled the vacuum and supports us with myths and action-controlling images.
    — John Updike
    Hobbies take place in the cellar and smell of airplane glue.
    — John Updike
    I should mention something that nobody ever thinks about, but proofreading takes a lot of time. After you write something, there are these proofs that keep coming, and there's this panicky feeling that 'This is me and I must make it better.'
    — John Updike
    tags: time  write 
     
    Reminiscence and self-parody are part of remaining true to oneself.
    — John Updike
    tags: oneself  true 
     
    As movers and the moved both know, books are heavy freight, the weight of refrigerators and sofas broken up into cardboard boxes. They make us think twice about changing addresses.
    — John Updike
    tags: broken  book 
     
    I seem most instinctively to believe in the human value of creative writing, whether in the form of verse or fiction, as a mode of truth-telling, self-expression and homage to the twin miracles of creation and consciousness.
    — John Updike
    The substance of fictional architecture is not bricks and mortar but evanescent consciousness.
    — John Updike
    Imagine writing a poem with a sweating, worried-looking boy handing you a different pencil at the end of every word. My golf, you may say, is no poem; nevertheless, I keep wanting it to be one.
    — John Updike
    tags: boys  writing  poem  golf  imagine 
     
    I don't know; I think I'd be gloomy without some faith that there is a purpose and there is a kind of witness to my life.
    — John Updike
    tags: faith 
     
    America is beyond power; it acts as in a dream, as a face of God. Wherever America is, there is freedom, and wherever America is not, madness rules with chains, darkness strangles millions. Beneath her patient bombers, paradise is possible.
    — John Updike
    I have never liked haircuts.
    — John Updike
    Nature refuses to rest.
    — John Updike
    tags: nature 
     
    A seventeenth-century house can be recognized by its steep roof, massive central chimney and utter porchlessness. Some of those houses have a second-story overhang, emphasizing their medieval look.
    — John Updike
    Eros is everywhere. It is what binds.
    — John Updike
    I was an only child. I needed an alternative to family life - to real life, you could almost say - and cartoons, pictures in a book, the animated movies, seemed to provide it.
    — John Updike
    tags: children  child  real  movie  book 
     
    For many years, I read mystery novels for relaxation. But my tastes were too narrow - and, having read all of Agatha Christie and John Dickson Carr, I discovered that the implausibility and the thinness of the people distracted me unduly from the plot.
    — John Updike
    tags: people  mystery  novel  read  year 
     
    Perhaps I have written fiction because everything unambiguously expressed seems somehow crass to me; and when the subject is myself, I want to jeer and weep.
    — John Updike
    tags: fiction 
     
    My life is, in a sense, trash. My life is only that of which the residue is my writing.
    — John Updike
    tags: writing 
     
    I know more about what it's like to be elderly and infirm and kind of stupid, the way you get forgetful, but on the other hand I'm a littler, wiser, dare we say? The word 'wisdom' has kind of faded out of our vocabulary, but yeah, I'm a little wiser.
    — John Updike
    tags: wisdom 
     
    It's so hard to make a good tee shot after a birdie.
    — John Updike
    There should always be something gratuitous about art, just as there seems to be, according to the new-wave cosmologists, something gratuitous about the universe.
    — John Updike
    tags: universe 
     
    To guarantee the individual maximum freedom within a social frame of minimal laws ensures - if not happiness - its hopeful pursuit.
    — John Updike
    tags: happiness  freedom  law 
     
    I was raised in the Depression, when there was a great sense of dog-eat-dog and people fighting over scraps.
    — John Updike
    Golf's ultimate moral instruction directs us to find within ourselves a pivotal center of enjoyment: relax into a rhythm that fits the hills and swales, and play the shot at hand - not the last one, or the next one, but the one at your feet, in the poison ivy, where you put it.
    — John Updike
    tags: morals 
     
    People are incorrigibly themselves.
    — John Updike
    tags: people 
     
    All love comes from the family.
    — John Updike
    All cartoonists are geniuses, but Arnold Roth is especially so.
    — John Updike
    If the worst comes true, and the paper book joins the papyrus scroll and parchment codex in extinction, we will miss, I predict, a number of things about it.
    — John Updike
    tags: true  book 
     
    The good ending dismisses us with a touch of ceremony and throws a backward light of significance over the story just read. It makes it, as they say, or unmakes it. A weak beginning is forgettable, but the end of a story bulks in the reader's mind like the giant foot in a foreshortened photograph.
    — John Updike
    tags: mind  stories  read 
     
    In becoming an icon, it is useful to die young.
    — John Updike
    tags: young  die 
     
    Belief, like love, must be voluntary.
    — John Updike
    tags: belief 
     
    When I was born, my parents and my mother's parents planted a dogwood tree in the side yard of the large white house in which we lived throughout my boyhood. This tree I learned quite early, was exactly my age - was, in a sense, me.
    — John Updike
    tags: age  mother  parent 
     
    The lust to meet authors ranks low, I think, on the roll of holy appetites; but it is an authentic pang.
    — John Updike
    tags: lust  authentic  holy  author 
     
    My reading as a child was lazy and cowardly, and it is yet. I was afraid of encountering, in a book, something I didn't want to know.
    — John Updike
    tags: children  lazy  child  reading  book  afraid 
     
    In leaving New York in 1957, I did leave without regret the literary demimonde of agents and would-be's and with-it nonparticipants; this world seemed unnutritious and interfering.
    — John Updike
    tags: world  regret 
     
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    john updike
    Birth    : March 18, 1932
    Death  : January 27, 2009
    Occupation  : Novelist