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John Cheever Quotes: "It was a splendid summer morning and it seemed as if nothing could go wrong."

It was a splendid summer morning and it seemed as if nothing could go wrong.




John Cheever Quotes: "All literary men are Red Sox fans - to be a Yankee fan in a literate society is to endanger your life."

All literary men are Red Sox fans - to be a Yankee fan in a literate society is to endanger your life.




John Cheever Quotes: "That's the way I remember them, heading for an exit."

That's the way I remember them, heading for an exit.



John Cheever Quotes: "Fear tastes like a rusty knife and do not let her into your house."

Fear tastes like a rusty knife and do not let her into your house.




John Cheever Quotes: "Fiction is art and art is the triumph over chaos… to celebrate a world that lies spread out around us like a bewildering and stupendous dream."

Fiction is art and art is the triumph over chaos… to celebrate a world that lies spread out around us like a bewildering and stupendous dream.



John Cheever Quotes: "Art is the triumph over chaos."

Art is the triumph over chaos.



John Cheever Quotes: "Homesickness is nothing. Fifty percent of the people in the world are homesick all the time."

Homesickness is nothing. Fifty percent of the people in the world are homesick all the time.




John Cheever Quotes: "I've been homesick for countries I've never been, and longed to be where I couldn't be."

I've been homesick for countries I've never been, and longed to be where I couldn't be.



John Cheever Quotes: "Then it is dark; it is a night where kings in golden suits ride elephants over the mountains."

Then it is dark; it is a night where kings in golden suits ride elephants over the mountains.



John Cheever Quotes: "My veins are filled, once a week with a Neapolitan carpet cleaner distilled from the Adriatic and I am as bald as an egg. However I still get around and am mean to cats."

My veins are filled, once a week with a Neapolitan carpet cleaner distilled from the Adriatic and I am as bald as an egg. However I still get around and am mean to cats.



John Cheever Quotes: "The short story is the literature of the nomad."

The short story is the literature of the nomad.



John Cheever Quotes: "I do not understand the capricious lewdness of the sleeping mind."

I do not understand the capricious lewdness of the sleeping mind.




John Cheever Quotes: "Literature has been the salvation of the damned, literature has inspired and guided lovers, routed despair and can perhaps in this case save the world."

Literature has been the salvation of the damned, literature has inspired and guided lovers, routed despair and can perhaps in this case save the world.



John Cheever Quotes: "There is a terrible sameness to the euphoria of alcohol and the euphoria of metaphor."

There is a terrible sameness to the euphoria of alcohol and the euphoria of metaphor.



John Cheever Quotes: "When I remember my family, I always remember their backs. They were always indignantly leaving places."

When I remember my family, I always remember their backs. They were always indignantly leaving places.



John Cheever Quotes: "A collection of short stories is generally thought to be a horrendous clinker; an enforced courtesy for the elderly writer who wants to display the trophies of his youth, along with his trout flies."

A collection of short stories is generally thought to be a horrendous clinker; an enforced courtesy for the elderly writer who wants to display the trophies of his youth, along with his trout flies.



John Cheever Quotes: "I can't write without a reader. It's precisely like a kiss - you can't do it alone."

I can't write without a reader. It's precisely like a kiss - you can't do it alone.



John Cheever Quotes: "For me, a page of good prose is where one hears the rain and the noise of battle. It has the power to give grief or universality that lends it a youthful beauty."

For me, a page of good prose is where one hears the rain and the noise of battle. It has the power to give grief or universality that lends it a youthful beauty.



John Cheever Quotes: "I dream that my face appears on a postage stamp."

I dream that my face appears on a postage stamp.



John Cheever Quotes: "The deep joy we take in the company of people with whom we have just recently fallen in love is undisguisable."

The deep joy we take in the company of people with whom we have just recently fallen in love is undisguisable.



John Cheever Quotes: "Only the opium eater truly understands the pain of death."

Only the opium eater truly understands the pain of death.



John Cheever Quotes: "People look for morals in fiction because there has always been a confusion between fiction and philosophy."

People look for morals in fiction because there has always been a confusion between fiction and philosophy.



John Cheever Quotes: "I believe that writing is an account of the powers of extrication."

I believe that writing is an account of the powers of extrication.



John Cheever Quotes: "Fiction must compete with first-rate reporting. If you cannot write a story that is equal to a factual account of battle in the streets or demonstrations, then you can't write a story."

Fiction must compete with first-rate reporting. If you cannot write a story that is equal to a factual account of battle in the streets or demonstrations, then you can't write a story.



John Cheever Quotes: "Good writers are often excellent at a hundred other things, but writing promises a greater latitude for the ego."

Good writers are often excellent at a hundred other things, but writing promises a greater latitude for the ego.



John Cheever Quotes: "Wisdom we know is the knowledge of good and evil - not the strength to choose between the two."

Wisdom we know is the knowledge of good and evil - not the strength to choose between the two.



John Cheever Quotes: "The irony of Christmas is always upon the poor in heart; the mystery of the solstice is always upon the rest of us."

The irony of Christmas is always upon the poor in heart; the mystery of the solstice is always upon the rest of us.



John Cheever Quotes: "Love with its paraphernalia of sexuality, jealousy, nostalgia and exaltation was easier to reognize than friendship, which seemed to have (excepting athletic equipment) no paraphernalia at all."

Love with its paraphernalia of sexuality, jealousy, nostalgia and exaltation was easier to reognize than friendship, which seemed to have (excepting athletic equipment) no paraphernalia at all.



John Cheever Quotes: "I sometimes go back to walk through the ghostly remains of Sutton Place where the rude, new buildings stand squarely in one another's river views."

I sometimes go back to walk through the ghostly remains of Sutton Place where the rude, new buildings stand squarely in one another's river views.



John Cheever Quotes: "The organizations of men, like men themselves, seem subject to deafness, near-sightedness, lameness, and involuntary cruelty. We seem tragically unable to help one another, to understand one another."

The organizations of men, like men themselves, seem subject to deafness, near-sightedness, lameness, and involuntary cruelty. We seem tragically unable to help one another, to understand one another.



John Cheever Quotes: "You can't expect to communicate with anyone if you're a bore."

You can't expect to communicate with anyone if you're a bore.



John Cheever Quotes: "Fiction is experimentation; when it ceases to be that, it ceases to be fiction."

Fiction is experimentation; when it ceases to be that, it ceases to be fiction.



John Cheever Quotes: "I love you not for the person you are, but for your possibilities."

I love you not for the person you are, but for your possibilities.



John Cheever Quotes: "Never eat a heavily sugared doughnut before you go on TV."

Never eat a heavily sugared doughnut before you go on TV.



John Cheever Quotes: "The main emotion of the adult American who has had all the advantages of wealth, education, and culture is disappointment."

The main emotion of the adult American who has had all the advantages of wealth, education, and culture is disappointment.



John Cheever Quotes: "The need to write comes from the need to make sense of one's life and discover one's usefulness."

The need to write comes from the need to make sense of one's life and discover one's usefulness.



John Cheever Quotes: "To be an American and unable to play baseball is comparable to being a Polynesian and unable to swim."

To be an American and unable to play baseball is comparable to being a Polynesian and unable to swim.



John Cheever Quotes: "For lovers, touch is metamorphosis. All the parts of their bodies seem to change, and they seem to become something different and better."

For lovers, touch is metamorphosis. All the parts of their bodies seem to change, and they seem to become something different and better.



John Cheever Quotes: "The novel remains for me one of the few forms where we can record man's complexity and the strength and decency of his longings."

The novel remains for me one of the few forms where we can record man's complexity and the strength and decency of his longings.



John Cheever Quotes: "I have always been the lover - never the beloved - and I have spent much of my life waiting for trains, planes, boats, footsteps, doorbells, letters, telephones, snow, rain, thunder."

I have always been the lover - never the beloved - and I have spent much of my life waiting for trains, planes, boats, footsteps, doorbells, letters, telephones, snow, rain, thunder.



John Cheever Quotes: "Everything outside was elegant and savage and fleshy. Everything inside was slow and cool and vacant. It seemed a shame to stay inside."

Everything outside was elegant and savage and fleshy. Everything inside was slow and cool and vacant. It seemed a shame to stay inside.



John Cheever Quotes: "Children drown, beautiful women are mangled in automobile accidents, cruise ships founder, and men die lingering deaths in mines and submarines, but you will find none of this in my accounts."

Children drown, beautiful women are mangled in automobile accidents, cruise ships founder, and men die lingering deaths in mines and submarines, but you will find none of this in my accounts.



John Cheever Quotes: "Fear tastes like a rusty knife and do not let her into your house. Courage tastes of blood. Stand up straight. Admire the world. Relish the love of a gentle woman."

Fear tastes like a rusty knife and do not let her into your house. Courage tastes of blood. Stand up straight. Admire the world. Relish the love of a gentle woman.



John Cheever Quotes: "When the beginnings of self destruction enter the heart, it seems no bigger than a grain of sand."

When the beginnings of self destruction enter the heart, it seems no bigger than a grain of sand.



John Cheever Quotes: "Novels are about men and women and children and dogs, not politics."

Novels are about men and women and children and dogs, not politics.



John Cheever Quotes: "It is not, as somebody once wrote, the smell of corn bread that calls us back from death; it is the lights and signs of love and friendship."

It is not, as somebody once wrote, the smell of corn bread that calls us back from death; it is the lights and signs of love and friendship.



John Cheever Quotes: "A page of good prose remains invincible."

A page of good prose remains invincible.



John Cheever Quotes: "Avoid kneeling in unheated stone churches. Ecclesiastical dampness causes prematurely grey hair."

Avoid kneeling in unheated stone churches. Ecclesiastical dampness causes prematurely grey hair.



John Cheever Quotes: "Sometimes the easiest-seeming stories to a reader are the hardest kind to write."

Sometimes the easiest-seeming stories to a reader are the hardest kind to write.