John Updike Quotes (140 quotes)
In the Beauty of the Lilies (1996)
Rabbit Redux (1969)
“A leader is one who, out of madness or goodness, volunteers to take upon himself the woe of the people. There are few men so foolish, hence the erratic quality of leadership in the world.”
They Thought They Were Better in TIME magazine (21 July 1980)
How to Love America and Leave it at the Same Time, Problems and Other Stories (1979)
“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.”
On Franz Kafka, quoted in report on Great Books discussion groups, New York Times (28 February 1985)
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Born: March 18, 1932
Died: January 27, 2009 (aged 76)
Bio: John Hoyer Updike was an American novelist, poet, short story writer, art critic, and literary critic.