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RABBIT REDUX

by: John Updike


The world is quicksand. Find the straight path and stick to it.

--Part I

One of the nice things about having a lover, it makes you think about everything anew. The rest of your life becomes a kind of movie, flat and even rather funny.

--Part I

Sex ages us. Priests are boyish, spinsters stay black-haired until after fifty. We others, the demon rots us out.

--Part I

All men are boys time is trying to outsmart.

--Part I

The pain of the world is a crater all these syrups and pills a thousandfold would fail to fill.

--Part I

Days, pale slices between nights, they blend, not exactly alike, transparencies so lightly tinted that only stacked all together do they darken to a fatal shade.

--Part II

Living is a compromise, between doing what you want and doing what other people want.

--Part II

Man is a means for turning things into spirit and turning spirit into things.

--Part II

God is in the tiger as well as in the lamb.

--Part II

We make companions out of air and hurt them, so they will defy us, completing creation.

--Part II

What you haven't done by thirty you're not likely to do. What you have done you'll do lots more.

--Part II

Revolution is just one crowd taking power from another.

--Part III

Common sense is bullshit, man. It gets you through the days all right, but it leaves you alone at night. It keeps you from knowing.

--Part III

Chaos is God's body. Order is the Devil's chains.

--Part III

Pay for what you get because anything free has a rattlesnake under it.

--Part IV

Inch by inch. Life is a cinch. Yard by yard. Life is hard.

--Part IV

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