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Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them. John Updike

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Existence itself does not feel horrible; it feels like an ecstasy, rather, which we have only to be still to experience. John Updike

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Celebrity is a mask that eats into the face. As soon as one is aware of being somebody, to be watched and listened to with extra interest, input ceases, and the performer goes blind and deaf in his over-animation. One can either see or be seen. John Updike

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Bankruptcy is a sacred state, a condition beyond conditions, as theologians might say, and attempts to investigate it are necessarily obscene, like spiritualism. One knows only that he has passed into it and lives beyond us, in a condition not ours. John Updike

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School is where you go between when your parents can't take you, and industry can't take you. John Updike

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Facts are generally overesteemed. For most practical purposes, a thing is what men think it is. When they judged the earth flat, it was flat. As long as men thought slavery tolerable, tolerable it was. We live down here among shadows, shadows among shadows. John Updike

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Every marriage tends to consist of an aristocrat and a peasant. Of a teacher and a learner. John Updike

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Looking foolish does the spirit good. The need not to look foolish is one of youth's many burdens; as we get older we are exempted from more and more, and float upward in our heedlessness, singing Gratia Dei sum quod sum. John Updike

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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. John Updike

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A leader is one who, out of madness or goodness, volunteers to take upon himself the woe of the people. There are few men so foolish, hence the erratic quality of leadership in the world. John Updike

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I love my government not least for the extent to which it leaves me alone. John Updike

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The guarantee that our self enjoys an intended relation to the outer world is most, if not all, we ask from religion. God is the self projected onto reality by our natural and necessary optimism. He is the not-me personified. John Updike

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Government is either organized benevolence or organized madness; its peculiar magnitude permits no shading. John Updike

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Being naked approaches being revolutionary; going barefoot is mere populism. John Updike

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Art imitates Nature in this; not to dare is to dwindle. John Updike

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Americans have been conditioned to respect newness, whatever it cost them. John Updike

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America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy. John Updike

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The essential self is innocent, and when it tastes its own innocence knows that it lives for ever. John Updike

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An affair wants to spill, to share its glory with the world. No act is so private it does not seek applause. John Updike

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I would rather have as my patron a host of anonymous citizens digging into their own pockets for the price of a book or a magazine than a small body of enlightened and responsible men administering public funds. I would rather chance my personal vision of truth striking home here and there in the chaos of publication that exists than attempt to filter it through a few sets of official, honorably public-spirited scruples. John Updike

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It rots a writer's brain, it cretinises you. You say the same thing again and again, and when you do that happily you're well on the way to being a cretin. Or a politician. John Updike

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Now that I am sixty, I see why the idea of elder wisdom has passed from currency. John Updike

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For male and female alike, the bodies of the other sex are messages signaling what we must do -- they are glowing signifiers of our own necessities. John Updike

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To say that war is madness is like saying that sex is madness: true enough, from the standpoint of a stateless eunuch, but merely a provocative epigram for those who must make their arrangements in the world as given. John Updike

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By the time a partnership dissolves, it has dissolved. John Updike