Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

John Cheever, fully John William Cheever

American Novelist and Short Story Writer

"Fifty percent of the people in the world are homesick all the time… You don’t really long for another country. You long for something in yourself that you don’t have, or haven’t been able to find."

"Art is the triumph over chaos."

"I do not understand the capricious lewdness of the sleeping mind."

"Wisdom is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two."

"I write to make sense of my life."

"I was here on earth because I chose to be."

"For me a page of good prose is where one hears the rain. A page of good prose is when one hears the noise of battle.... A page of good prose seems to me the most serious dialogue that well-informed and intelligent men and women carry on today in their endeavor to make sure that the fires of this planet burn peaceably."