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Quotation by John Updike
Looking foolish does the spirit good. The need not to look foolish is one of youth's many burdens; as we get older we are exempted from more and more, and float upward in our heedlessness, singing Gratia Dei sum quod sum.
John Updike (b. 1932), U.S. author, critic. Self-Consciousness: Memoirs, ch. 6 (1989).
Gratia Dei sum quod sum ("Thanks be to God that I am what I am")Mone of the epigraphs of Updike's volume of memoirs—is inscribed on the tomb of Bishop West of Ely in Ely Cathedral, England.
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