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Birthday of John Cheever

John Cheever–who would grow up to become an American novelist and author of short stories–was born May 27, 1912. So without further ado, a few words from the man of the day …

Good writers are often excellent at a hundred other things, but writing promises a greater latitude for the ego.”

Art is triumph over chaos.”

The need to write comes from the need to make sense of one’s life and discover one’s usefulness.”

Literature has been the salvation of the damned, literature has inspired and guided lovers, routed despair and can perhaps…save the world.”

The deep joy we take in the company of people with whom we have just recently fallen in love is undisguisable.”

All literary men are Red Sox fans–to be a Yankee fan in a literate society is to endanger your life.”

Homesickness is nothing. Fifty percent of the people in the world are homesick all the time.”

Fear tastes like a rusty knife…do not let her into your house.”

I can’t write without a reader. It’s precisely like a kiss–you can’t do it alone.”

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