John Updike Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old john updike quotes, john updike sayings, and john updike proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


We are most alive when we're in love.     

John Updike

Suspect each moment, for it is a thief, tiptoeing away with more than it brings.     

John Updike

Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.      

John Updike

Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or doing it better.     

John Updike

America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.     

John Updike

It is not difficult to deceive the first time, for the deceived possesses no antibodies and is unvaccinated by suspicion.     

John Updike

Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.     

John Updike

The Florida sun seems not much a single thing overhead but a set of klieg lights that pursue you everywhere with an even white illumination.     

John Updike

The theme of old age doesn't seem to fascinate Hollywood.     

John Updike

Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.     

John Updike

You can't change everything in one night, but one night can change everything.     

John Updike

Sex is like money; only too much is enough.     

John Updike

Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.     

John Updike

The army was kept in as good state of fitness as the funds would allow.     

John Updike

Perfectionism is the enemy of creation, as extreme self-solitude is the enemy of well-being.     

John Updike

Vagueness and procrastination are ever a comfort to the frail in spirit.     

John Updike

Vegas must be a great town for Laundromats. Nobody lives there, everybody is just passing through, leaving a little bit of dirt.     

John Updike

But cities aren't like people; they live on and on, even though their reason for being where they are has gone downriver and out to sea.     

John Updike

New York is a city with virtually no habitable public space - only private spaces expensively maintained within the general disaster.     

John Updike

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

John Updike

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

John Updike

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

John Updike

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

John Updike

The yearning for an afterlife is the opposite of selfish: it is love and praise for the world that we are privileged, in this complex interval of light, to witness and experience.     

John Updike

Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.     

John Updike

Golf at its measured pace permits an electric excess of mental activity.     

John Updike

But it is just two lovers, holding hands and in a hurry to reach their car, their locked hands a starfish leaping through the dark.     

John Updike

The essential support and encouragement comes from within, arising out of the mad notion that your society needs to know what only you can tell it.     

John Updike

The difference between a childhood and a boyhood must be this: our childhood is what we alone have had; our boyhood is what any boy in our environment would have had.     

John Updike

Our tears fatten upon our memories of joy.     

John Updike