Find the best quotes by John Cheever.
Fiction is experimentation; when it ceases to be that, it ceases to be fiction.
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.
People look for morals in fiction because there has always been a confusion between fiction and philosophy.
I do not understand the capricious lewdness of the sleeping mind.
That’s the way I remember them, heading for an exit.
Good writers are often excellent at a hundred other things, but writing promises a greater latitude for the ego.
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…
Wisdom is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two.
The deep joy we take in the company of people with whom we have just recently fallen in love is undisguisable.
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…
Art is the triumph over chaos.
Homesickness is nothing. Fifty percent of the people in the world are homesick all the time.
The need to write comes from the need to make sense of one’s life and discover one’s usefulness.
When I remember my family, I always remember their backs. They were always indignantly leaving places.
Fear tastes like a rusty knife and do not let her into your house.
I can’t write without a reader. It’s precisely like a kiss – you can’t do it alone.
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…
All literary men are Red Sox fans – to be a Yankee fan in a literate society is to endanger your life.
Wisdom we know is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two.
It was a splendid summer morning and it seemed as if nothing could go wrong.
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