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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.”
 John Cheever - “I can't write without a reader. It's precisely like a kiss - you can't do it alone.”
 John Cheever - “That's the way I remember them, heading for an exit.”
 John Cheever - “Fear tastes like a rusty knife and do not let her into your house.”
 John Cheever - “All literary men are Red Sox fans - to be a Yankee fan in a literate society is to endanger your life.”
 John Cheever - “Homesickness is nothing Fifty percent of the people in the world are homesick all the time.”
 John Cheever - “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 - “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 - “Wisdom we know is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two.”
 John Cheever - “Wisdom is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two.”
 John Cheever - “It was a splendid summer morning and it seemed as if nothing could go wrong.”
 John Cheever - “When I remember my family, I always remember their backs. They were always indignantly leaving places.”
 John Cheever - “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.”
 John Cheever - “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.”
 John Cheever - “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 - “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 - “A lonely man is a lonesome thing, a stone, a bone, a stick, a receptacle for Gilbey's gin, a stooped figure sitting at the edge of a hotel bed, heaving copious sighs like the autumn wind.”
 John Cheever - “A lonely man is a lonesome thing, a stone, a bone, a stick, a receptacle for Gilbey's gin, a stooped figure sitting at the edge of a hotel bed, heaving copious sighs like the autumn wind”
 John Cheever - “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.”
 John Cheever - “What I am going to write is the last of what I have to say. I will say that literature is the only consciousness we possess and that its role as consciousness must inform us of our ability to comprehend the hideous danger of nuclear power.”
 John Cheever - “He was a tall man with an astonishing and somehow elegant curvature of the spine, formed by an enlarged lower abdomen, which he carried in a stately and contented way, as if it contained money and securities.”
 John Cheever - “Good writers are often excellent at a hundred other things, but writing promises a greater latitude for the ego.”
 John Cheever - “The need to write comes from the need to make sense of one's life and discover one's usefulness.”
 John Cheever - “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 - “Fiction is experimentation when it ceases to be that, it ceases to be fiction.”

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