"The need to write comes from the need to make sense of one's life and discover one's usefulness."
"A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation."John Cheever on Mark Twain
"Truthful words are not beautiful beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive persuasive words are not good."John Cheever on Lao Tzu
"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place."John Cheever on George Bernard Shaw
"Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true."John Cheever on Charles Dickens
"I'm a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they're interested in."John Cheever on Bill Gates
"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."
"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."