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American novelist, poet, critic and short-story writer


John Updike was an American novelist, poet, critic and short-story writer.

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 If men do not keep on speaking terms with children, they cease to be men, and become merely machines for eating and for earning money. 
— John Updike "A Foreword for Younger Readers," Assorted Prose / 1965
 A healthy male adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his own weight in other people's patience. 
— John Updike "Confessions of a Wild Bore" in Assorted Prose / 1965
 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. 
— John Updike On London, in "A Madman," New Yorker / December 22, 1962
 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. 
— John Updike Leadership
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