Quotation by John Cheever

Strange and predatory and truly dangerous, car thieves and muggers—they seem to jeopardize all our cherished concepts, even our self-esteem, our property rights, our powers of love, our laws and pleasures. The only relationship we seem to have with them is scorn or bewilderment, but they belong somewhere on the dark prairies of a country that is in the throes of self-discovery.
John Cheever (1912–1982), U.S. author. 1955 entry. "The Late Forties and the Fifties," John Cheever: The Journals ed. Robert Gottlieb (1991).
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