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Quotes About Captivity

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Michel de Montaigne
“[Marriage] happens as with cages: the birds without despair to get in, and those within despair of getting out.”
Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays

Daniel Quinn
“You're captives of a civilizational system that more or less compels you to go on destroying the world in order to live. … You are captives—and you have made a captive of the world itself. That's what's at stake, isn't it?—your captivity and the captivity of the world.”
Daniel Quinn, Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit

Charlotte Brontë
“Your god, sir, is the World. In my eyes, you, too, if not an infidel, are an idolater. I conceive that you ignorantly worship: in all things you appear to me too superstitious. Sir, your god, your great Bel, your fish-tailed Dagon, rises before me as a demon. You, and such as you, have raised him to a throne, put on him a crown, given him a sceptre. Behold how hideously he governs! See him busied at the work he likes best -- making marriages. He binds the young to the old, the strong to the imbecile. He stretches out the arm of Mezentius and fetters the dead to the living. In his realm there is hatred -- secret hatred: there is disgust -- unspoken disgust: there is treachery -- family treachery: there is vice -- deep, deadly, domestic vice. In his dominions, children grow unloving between parents who have never loved: infants are nursed on deception from their very birth: they are reared in an atmosphere corrupt with lies ... All that surrounds him hastens to decay: all declines and degenerates under his sceptre. Your god is a masked Death.”
Charlotte Brontë, Shirley

Rick Yancey
“He didn’t like to see animals in captivity. When he looked into their eyes, something in their eyes looked back at him.”
Rick Yancey, The Infinite Sea

Nadine Gordimer
“The caged eagle become a metaphor for all forms of isolation, the ultimate in imprisonment. A zoo is prison.”
Nadine Gordimer, Get a Life

Henrik Ibsen
“Cage an eagle and it will bite at the wires, be they of
iron or of gold.”
Henrik Ibsen, The Vikings of Helgeland

Sting
“If we seek solace in the prisons of the distant past
Security in human systems we're told will always always last
Emotions are the sail and blind faith is the mast
Without the breath of real freedom we're getting nowhere fast."

(History Will Teach Us Nothing)”
Sting, Nothing Like the Sun

“There can be no question that parrots have more intellect than any other kind of bird, and it is this that makes them such favourite pets and brings upon them so many sorrows. ...Men will buy them ... and carry them off to all quarters of the native town, intending, I doubt not, to treat them kindly; but "the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel", and confinement in a solitary cell, the discipline with which we reform hardened criminals, is misery enough to a bird with an active mind, without the superadded horrors of ... life in a tin case, hung from a nail in the wall of a dark shop... Why does the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals never look into the woes of parrots?
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However happy you make her captivity, imagination will carry her at times to the green field and blue sky, and she fancies herself somewhere near the sun, heading a long file of exultant companions in swift career through the whistling air. Then she opens her mouth and rings out a wild salute to all parrots in the far world below her.”
E.H. Aitken

Robin McKinley
“The merrel also knew its wing had not healed. But I could reach a great height once more before it failed me, it said. And from there I would fold my wings and plummet to the earth as if a hare or a fawn had caught my eye; but it would be myself I stooped toward. It would be a good flight and a good death. And so I eat their dead things cut up on a pole, dreaming of my last flight.
Robin McKinley, Spindle's End

Patrick Jennings
“So I'd been captured? So I was starving?
Did that mean I had to shrivel up and die?
I could still slither. I could still hiss.
Nothing had been stolen from me except my freedom.
What I needed was a new plan.”
Patrick Jennings, We Can't All Be Rattlesnakes

Patrick Jennings
“My blood was boiling, which is not a good thing for a coldblood.
Dracula was dead. Rex was dying or dead.
Breakfast was dying.
And I was caring about it all. Meanwhile, that blasted Gunnar did nothing but sit and stare at his teevee all day.
He was the reason we were all here, the reason we were suffering and dying,
and he barely noticed us.
I hissed so hard it hurt.”
Patrick Jennings, We Can't All Be Rattlesnakes

Bryant McGill
“People who blame are always looking to "get out" of something, but like quicksand, the more they struggle the more they are captive.”
Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life

Boris Pasternak
“The rulers of your minds indulge in proverbs, but they've forgotten the main one, that love cannot be forced, and they have a deeply rooted habit of liberating people and making them happy, especially those who haven't asked for it. You probably fancy that there's no better place in the world for me than your camp and your company. I probably should even bless you and thank you for my captivity, for your having liberated me from my family, my son, my home, my work, from everything that's dear to me and that I live by.”
Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago

Marcel Proust
“From the pavement, I could see the window of Albertine’s room, that window, formerly quite black, at night, when she was not staying in the house, which the electric light inside, dissected by the slats of the shutters, striped from top to bottom with parallel bars of gold.”
Marcel Proust, The Captive: Part 2

“Captivity can't be overcome with inactivity”
Constance Chuks Friday

Nancy E. Turner
“I realized that poverty was a kind of captivity.”
Nancy E. Turner

Horace
“Captive Greece took captive her savage conquerer and brought the arts to rustic Latium”
Horace, Epistles Book II and Epistle to the Pisones

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