Quotation by Willa Cather

... in the cities there are thousands of rolling stones like me. We are all alike; we have no ties, we know nobody, we own nothing. When one of us dies, they scarcely know where to bury him.... We have no house, no place, no people of our own. We live in the streets, in the parks, in the theatres. We sit in restaurants and concert halls and look about at the hundreds of our own kind and shudder.
Willa Cather (1873–1947), U.S. novelist. O Pioneers! Part 2 (1913).

In this novel; Carl Linstrum, an engraver, has returned from the city to the Nebraska farmland where he grew up.
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