"Fear tastes like a rusty knife and do not let her into your house."
"A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."John Cheever on John F. Kennedy
"Pick the day. Enjoy it - to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come... The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present - and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future."John Cheever on Audrey Hepburn
"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."John Cheever on Thomas Paine
"We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict."John Cheever on Jim Morrison
"What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it."John Cheever on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"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."
"Homesickness is nothing. Fifty percent of the people in the world are homesick all the time."