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Quotations From JOHN CHEEVER

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  • 1.
    At my back I hear the word—"homosexual"—and it seems to split my world in two.... It is ignorance, our ignorance of one another, that creates this terrifying erotic chaos. Information, a crumb of information, seems to light the world.
    John Cheever (1912-1982), U.S. author. "The Sixties," entry in 1966, John Cheever: The Journals, ed. Robert Gottlieb (1991).

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  • 2.
    The task of an American writer is not to describe the misgivings of a woman taken in adultery as she looks out of a window at the rain but to describe four hundred people under the lights reaching for a foul ball. This is ceremony.
    John Cheever (1912-1982), U.S. author. "The Sixties," 1963 entry, John Cheever: The Journals, ed. Robert Gottlieb (1991).

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  • 3.
    The organizations of men, like men themselves, seem subject to deafness, nearsightedness, lameness, and involuntary cruelty. We seem tragically unable to help one another, to understand one another.
    John Cheever (1912-1982), U.S. author. "The Sixties," 1963 entry, John Cheever: The Journals, ed. Robert Gottlieb (1991).
  • 4.
    A lonely man is a lonesome thing, a stone, a bone, a stick, a receptacle for Gilbey's gin, a stooped figure sitting at the edge of a hotel bed, heaving copious sighs like the autumn wind.
    John Cheever (1912-1982), U.S. author. "The Sixties," 1966 entry, John Cheever: The Journals, ed. Robert Gottlieb (1991).

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  • 5.
    When the beginnings of self-destruction enter the heart it seems no bigger than a grain of sand.
    John Cheever (1912-1982), U.S. author. "The Late Forties and the Fifties," 1952 entry, John Cheever: The Journals, ed. Robert Gottlieb (1991).

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  • 6.
    Wisdom we know is the knowledge of good and evil not the strength to choose between the two.
    John Cheever (1912-1982), U.S. author. Journal entry, 1956. John Cheever: The Journals, "The Late Forties and the Fifties," ed. Robert Gottlieb (1991).

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  • 7.
    I do not understand the capricious lewdness of the sleeping mind.
    John Cheever (1912-1982), U.S. author. "The Late Forties and the Fifties," John Cheever: The Journals, ed. Robert Gottlieb (1991). 1955 entry.
  • 8.
    My veins are filled, once a week with a Neapolitan carpet cleaner distilled from the Adriatic and I am as bald as an egg. However I still get around and am mean to cats.
    John Cheever (1912-1982), U.S. author. Letter, May 10, 1982, to Philip Roth. The Letters of John Cheever (1989). Concerning his cancer and its treatment.
  • 9.
    One would never have guessed that the world had such a capacity for genuine grief. The most we can do is exploit our memories of his excellence.
    John Cheever (1912-1982), U.S. author. "The Sixties," 1963 entry, John Cheever: The Journals, ed. Robert Gottlieb (1991). On the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

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