Daily Archive: December 23, 2017

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, December 23, 2017 – John Updike

 

“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.”

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‘Creativity is merely a plus name for regular activity. Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better.”

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

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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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“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.”

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“Sex is like money; only too much is enough.”

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“We are most alive when we’re in love.”

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

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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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“I secretly understood: the primitive appeal of the hearth. Television is — its irresistible charm — a fire.”

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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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“It was true of my generation, that the movies were terribly vivid and instructive. There were all kinds of things you learned. Like the 19th century novels, you saw how other social classes lived — especially the upper classes. So in a funny way, they taught you manners almost. But also moral manners. The gallantry of a Gary Cooper or an Errol Flynn or Jimmy Stewart. It was ethical instruction of a sort that the church purported to be giving you, but in a much less digestible form. Instead of these remote, crabbed biblical verses, you had contemporary people acting out moral dilemmas. Just the grace, the grace of those stars — not just the dancing stars, but the way they all moved with a certain grace. All that sank deep into my head, and my soul.”

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“In the old movies, yes, there always was the happy ending and order was restored. As it is in Shakespeare’s plays. It’s no disgrace to, in the end, restore order. And punish the wicked and, in some way, reward the righteous.”

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“Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.”

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“The essential support and encouragement comes from within, arising out of the mad notion that your society needs to know what only you can tell it.”

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“America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.”

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

Wikipedia Page:  John Updike

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