Quotes by John Updike


  • Each day we wake slightly altered and the person we were yesterday is dead.


    Change, Progress, Today







  • Each day we wake slightly altered and the person we were yesterday is dead.







    Progression

  • America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.


    America, USA

  • My only duty was to describe reality as it had come to me – to give the mundane its beautiful due.


    Authors, Writers

  • I’ve never much enjoyed going to plays. The unreality of painted people standing on a platform saying things they have said to each other for months, is more than I can overlook.


    Theatre

  • Sex is like money; only too much is enough.


    Sex

  • After you’ve been first rate at something , no matter what, it kind of takes the kick out of being second rate.


    Knowledge

  • The first breath of adultery is the freest; after it, constraints aping marriage develop.


    Adultery

  • Most of American life is driving somewhere and then driving back wondering why the hell you went.


    Driving

  • A healthy, male, adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his own weight in other people’s patience.


    Boredom, Bores