"I can't write without a reader. It's precisely like a kiss - you can't do it alone."
"It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely."John Cheever on Albert Einstein
"Alone we can do so little together we can do so much."John Cheever on Helen Keller
"It's often just enough to be with someone. I don't need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You're not alone."John Cheever on Marilyn Monroe
"Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation for it is better to be alone than in bad company."John Cheever on George Washington
"I restore myself when I'm alone."John Cheever on Marilyn Monroe
"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."
"Homesickness is nothing. Fifty percent of the people in the world are homesick all the time."