A healthy male adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his own weight in other people's patience. Confessions of a Wild Bore,” Assorted Prose (1965)
Suspect each moment, for it is a thief, tiptoeing away with more than it brings. A Month of Sundays (1975)
Writers may be disreputable, incorrigible, early to decay or late to bloom but they dare to go it alone. Accepting Edward MacDowell Medal, New York Times (August 26, 1981)Here is an interesting interview with John Updike conducted in 1995 by former Boston Globe columnist Donald M. Murray.