"Wisdom we know is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two."
"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot."John Cheever on Eleanor Roosevelt
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."John Cheever on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."John Cheever on Helen Keller
"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men."John Cheever on John F. Kennedy
"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."John Cheever on Ernest Hemingway
"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."