John Cheever

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John Cheever

We praise Him, we bless Him, we adore Him, we glorify Him, and we wonder who is that baritone across the aisle and that pretty woman on our right who smells of apple blossoms. Our bowels stir and our cod itches and we amend our prayers for the spiritual life with the hope that it will not be too spiritual.More John Cheever [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I do not understand the capricious lewdness of the sleeping mind.More John Cheever [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Strange and predatory and truly dangerous, car thieves and muggers -- they seem to jeopardize all our cherished concepts, even our self-esteem, our property rights, our powers of love, our laws and pleasures. The only relationship we seem to have with them is scorn or bewilderment, but they belong somewhere on the dark prairies of a country that is in the throes of self-discovery.More John Cheever [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More John Cheever [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More John Cheever [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
People named John and Mary never divorce. For better or for worse, in madness and in saneness, they seem bound together for eternity by their rudimentary nomenclature. They may loathe and despise one another, quarrel, weep, and commit mayhem, but they are not free to divorce. Tom, Dick, and Harry can go to Reno on a whim, but nothing short of death can separate John and Mary.More John Cheever [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The task of an American writer is not to describe the misgivings of a woman taken in adultery as she looks out of a window at the rain but to describe four hundred people under the lights reaching for a foul ball. This is ceremony.More John Cheever [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Wisdom we know is the knowledge of good and evil -- not the strength to choose between the two.More John Cheever [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I can't write without a reader. It's precisely like a kiss - you can't do it alone.More John Cheever [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
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.More John Cheever [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
The need to write comes from the need to make sense of one's life and discover one's usefulness.More John Cheever [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
When I remember my family, I always remember their backs. They were always indignantly leaving places.More John Cheever [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Fear tastes like a rusty knife and do not let her into your house.More John Cheever [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Homesickness is nothing. Fifty percent of the people in the world are homesick all the time.More John Cheever [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Wisdom is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two.More John Cheever [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
It was a splendid summer morning and it seemed as if nothing could go wrong.More John Cheever [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
All literary men are Red Sox fans - to be a Yankee fan in a literate society is to endanger your life.More John Cheever [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Homesickness is nothing Fifty percent of the people in the world are homesick all the time.More John Cheever [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The deep joy we take in the company of people with whom we have just recently fallen in love is undisguisable.More John Cheever [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Art is the triumph over chaos.More John Cheever [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
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.More John Cheever [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I do not understand the capricious lewdness of the sleeping mind.More John Cheever [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It was a splendid summer morning and it seemed as if nothing could go wrong.More John Cheever [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Homesickness is nothing. Fifty percent of the people in the world are homesick all the time.More John Cheever [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
All literary men are Red Sox fans - to be a Yankee fan in a literate society is to endanger your life.More John Cheever [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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