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

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

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Among the repulsions of atheism for me has been its drastic uninterestingness as an intellectual position. Where was the ingenuity, the ambiguity, the humanity of saying that the universe just happened to happen and that when we're dead we're dead?

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

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Art is like baby shoes. When you coat them with gold, they can no longer be worn.

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Boys are playing basketball around a telephone pole with a backboard bolted to it.

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But for a few phrases from his letters and an odd line or two of his verse, the poet walks gagged through his own biography.

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Each morning my characters greet me with misty faces willing, though chilled, to muster for another day's progress through the dazzling quicksand the marsh of blank paper.

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Four years was enough of Harvard. I still had a lot to learn, but had been given the liberating notion that now I could teach myself.

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Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five.

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He had a sensation of anxiety and shame, a sensitivity acute beyond usefulness, as if the nervous system, flayed of its old hide of social usage, must record every touch of pain.

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He skates saucily over great tracts of confessed ignorance.

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Her sentences march under a harsh sun that bleaches color from them but bestows a peculiar, invigorating, Pascalian clarity.

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How do you write women so well? I think of a man and I take away reason and accountability.

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I moved to New England partly because it has a real literary past. The ghosts of Hawthorne and Melville still sit on those green hills. The worship of Mammon is also somewhat lessened there by the spirit of irony. I don't get hay fever in New England either.

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I would especially like to recourt the Muse of poetry, who ran off with the mailman four years ago, and drops me only a scribbled postcard from time to time.

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Inspiration arrives as a packet of material to be delivered.

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It was one of history's great love stories, the mutually profitable romance which Hollywood and bohunk America conducted almost in the dark, a tapping of fervent messages through the wall of the San Gabriel Range.

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Men emerge pale from the little printing plant at four sharp, ghosts for an instant, blinking, until the outdoor light overcomes the look of constant indoor light clinging to them.

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The city overwhelmed our expectations. The Kiplingesque grandeur of Waterloo Station, the Eliotic despondency of the brick row in Chelsea the Dickensian nightmare of fog and sweating pavement and besmirched cornices.

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The inner spaces that a good story lets us enter are the old apartments of religion.

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The refusal to rest content, the willingness to risk excess on behalf of one's obsessions, is what distinguishes artists from entertainers, and what makes some artists adventurers on behalf of us all.

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We do survive every moment, after all, except the last one.

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We take our bearings, daily, from others. To be sane is, to a great extent, to be sociable.

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When I write, I aim in my mind not toward New York but toward a vague spot a little to the east of Kansas.

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Writers may be disreputable, incorrigible, early to decay or late to bloom but they dare to go it alone.

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