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The deep joy we take in the company of people with
by John Cheever

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

When I remember my family, I always remember their backs.
They were always indignantly leaving places.
- John Cheever

Homesickness is nothing.
Fifty percent of the people in the world are homesick all the time.
- John Cheever

Fear tastes like a rusty knife and do not let her into your house.
- John Cheever

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

I can't write without a reader.
It's precisely like a kiss - you can't do it alone.
- John Cheever

The need to write comes from the need to make sense
of one's life and discover one's usefulness.
- John Cheever


 

People look for morals in fiction because there has
always been a confusion between fiction and philosophy.
- John Cheever

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.
- John Cheever

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

Art is the triumph over chaos.
- John Cheever

That's the way I remember them, heading for an exit.
- John Cheever

Fiction is experimentation; when it ceases to be that,
it ceases to be fiction.
- John Cheever

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

I do not understand the capricious lewdness of the sleeping mind.
- John Cheever

It was a splendid summer morning and it seemed as if nothing could go wrong.
- John Cheever

Literature has been the salvation of the damned,
literature has inspired and guided lovers,
routed despair and can perhaps in this case save the world.
- John Cheever

Wisdom we know is the knowledge of good and evil,
not the strength to choose between the two.
- John Cheever

What I am going to write is the last of what I have to say.
I will say that literature is the only consciousness
we possess and that its role as consciousness must
inform us of our ability to comprehend the hideous danger of nuclear power.
- John Cheever

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

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

"Hurry up" ranks right up there with "you need to"
as a destroyer of our humanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
- Anonymous

By having a reverence for life,
we enter into a spiritual relation with the world.
By practicing reverence for life we become good, deep, and alive.
- Albert Schweitzer

The WAY is Not The Way for You,
Unless You Come With an Open Mind,
Clean Hands, and a Loving Heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

All we are is dust in the wind.
- the band Kansas

A sense of humor... is needed armor.
Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips
is a sign that the person down deep
has a pretty good grasp of life.
- Hugh Sidey

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you are offended at any man's fault,
turn to yourself and study your own failings.
Then you will forget your anger.
- Epictetus

We should not moor a ship with one anchor,
or our life with one hope.
- Epictetus

Without deep reflection,
one knows from daily life
that one exists for other people.
- Albert Einstein

"Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely,
"and go on till you come to the end: then stop."
- Lewis Carroll

The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next.
- Helen Keller

The Lessons of the Book of Life are
Writ Small in its Margins.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To light a candle is to cast a shadow.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

When we remember we are all mad,
the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.
- Mark Twain

The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

All truth passes through three stages:
First, it is ridiculed;
Second, it is violently opposed;
Third, it is accepted as self-evident.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

I say beware of all enterprises that require new clothes,
and not rather a new wearer of clothes.
- Henry David Thoreau

The way lies in softness and patience,
as the softest water cuts through the hardest rock.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The more I see, the less I know for sure.
- John Lennon

I have found that hollow,
which even I had relied on for solid.
- Henry David Thoreau

The key to growth is the introduction of
higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.
- Lao Tzu

Stand Tall, Breathe Deep, Be Unstoppable.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
- Publilius Syrus

The final delusion is the belief
that one has lost all delusions.
- Maurice Chapelain

There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The water in a vessel is sparkling;
the water in the sea is dark.
The small truth has words which are clear;
the great truth has great silence.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The way is not in the sky.
The way is in the heart.
- The Buddha

I was taught that the way of progress
is neither swift nor easy.
- Marie Curie

Uncertainty that comes from knowledge
(knowing what you don't know)
is different from uncertainty coming from ignorance.
- Isaac Asimov

To know everything is to know nothing,
but to know nothing is to know everything.
- Confucius

The Four Agreements
1.Be impeccable with your word.
2.Don't take anything personally.
3.Don't make assumptions.
4.Always do your best.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Take a deep breath and do the difficult thing first.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If an opinion contrary to your own makes you angry,
that is a sign that you are subconsciously aware
of having no good reason for thinking as you do.
- Bertrand Russell

Ordinary people seem not to realize
that those who really apply themselves
in the right way to philosophy
are directly and of their own accord
preparing themselves for dying and death.
- Socrates

When you are impeccable, you take
responsibility for your actions,
but you do not judge or blame yourself.
- don Miguel Ruiz

We shall see but a little way if
we require to understand what we see.
- Henry David Thoreau

That deep emotional conviction of the presence
of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed
in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.
- Albert Einstein

Ever had a bad hair day -
a day when everything seemed to be going wrong?
Perhaps today is a day to soothe your ruffled feathers,
take a deep breath, and reaffirm that
the weight of the world is really not on your shoulders,
unless you choose to assume that burden.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We occasionally stumble over the truth
but most of us pick ourselves up and
hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

The farther backward you can look,
the farther forward you can see.
- Winston Churchill

Like a bird in flight, your life can soar
above the troubles of the world.
Breathe deep, choose, and break the shackles of your past.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Unity can only be manifested by the Binary.
Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two.
- The Buddha

All this worldly wisdom was once
the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
- Henry David Thoreau

When we have arrived at the question,
the answer is already near.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If I am happy in spite of my deprivations,
if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith,
so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life.
If, in short, I am an optimist,
my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing.
- Helen Keller
...
Helen Keller (1880-1968) overcame being both deaf and blind
to become a famous author, lecturer, and activist
for women's suffrage, workers' rights, and ending war.

At times our own light goes out
and is rekindled by a spark from another person.
Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude
of those who have lighted the flame within us.
- Albert Schweitzer

"But I don't want to go among mad people," said Alice.
"Oh, you can't help that," said the cat. "We're all mad here."
- Lewis Carroll


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