"All literary men are Red Sox fans - to be a Yankee fan in a literate society is to endanger your life."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."John Cheever on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."John Cheever on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."John Cheever on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."John Cheever on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."John Cheever on Mahatma Gandhi
"I can't write without a reader. It's precisely like a kiss - you can't do it alone."
"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."
"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."