John Cheever Quotes

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Art is the triumph over chaos.
— John Cheever

art

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

fear

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

writing

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

reading

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

self-destructiveness

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

baseball

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

sex

I have been attacked by a nuisance of a cancer.  My veins are filled, once a week with a Neapolitan carpet cleaner distilled from the Adriatic and I am bald as an egg.

cancer