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Published Friday, January 27, 2012 @ 6:19 AM EST
Jan 27 2012

John Updike (March 18, 1932 – January 27, 2009):

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

All blessings are mixed blessings.

All men are boys time is trying to outsmart.

America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.

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

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

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

Facts are generally overesteemed. For most practical purposes, a thing is what men think it is.

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

I imagine most stuff on the information highway is road kill anyway.

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

Now that I am 60, I see why the idea of elder wisdom has passed from currency.

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

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

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

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