Natural beauty is essentially temporary and sad; hence the impression of obscene mockery which artificial flowers give us
Quote by John Updike
From infancy on, we are all spies; the shame is not this but that the...
I love my government not least for the extent to which it leaves me alone.
Writing and rewriting are a constant search for what it is one is saying
Existence itself does not feel horrible; it feels like an ecstasy, rather, which we have...
Religion enables us to ignore nothingness and get on with the jobs of life.
Until the 20th century it was generally assumed that a writer had said what he...
Possession diminishes perception of value, immediately
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing...
Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.
But for a few phrases from his letters and an odd line or two of...
The first breath of adultery is the freest; after it, constraints aping marriage develop.
Government is either organized benevolence or organized madness; its peculiar magnitude permits no shading.
Writers take words seriously-perhaps the last professional class that does-and they struggle to steer their...
In memory's telephoto lens, far objects are magnified.
School is where you go between when your parents can't take you, and industry can't...
Perfectionism is the enemy of creation, as extreme self-solitude is the enemy of well-being.
Our brains are no longer conditioned for reverence and awe. We cannot imagine a Second...
Creativity is merely a plus name for regular activity. Any activity becomes creative when the...
Written reports stifle creativity.
After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a...