Chains Quotes

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Charles Dickens
“You are fettered," said Scrooge, trembling. "Tell me why?"
"I wear the chain I forged in life," replied the Ghost. "I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it.”
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Thomas Jefferson
“May it [American independence] be to the world, what I believe it will be, (to some parts sooner, to others later, but finally to all,) the signal of arousing men to burst the chains under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings and security of self-government. That form which we have substituted, restores the free right to the unbounded exercise of reason and freedom of opinion. All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately... These are grounds of hope for others. For ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them.

[Letter to Roger C. Weightman on the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, 24 June 1826. This was Jefferson's last letter]”
Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

Shannon L. Alder
“Dear Child,

Sometimes on your travel through hell, you meet people that think they are in heaven because of their cleverness and ability to get away with things. Travel past them because they don't understand who they have become and never will. These type of people feel justified in revenge and will never learn mercy or forgiveness because they live by comparison. They are the people that don't care about anyone, other than who is making them feel confident. They don’t understand that their deity is not rejoicing with them because of their actions, rather he is trying to free them from their insecurities, by softening their heart. They rather put out your light than find their own. They don't have the ability to see beyond the false sense of happiness they get from destroying others. You know what happiness is and it isn’t this. Don’t see their success as their deliverance. It is a mask of vindication which has no audience, other than their own kind. They have joined countless others that call themselves “survivors”. They believe that they are entitled to win because life didn’t go as planned for them. You are not like them. You were not meant to stay in hell and follow their belief system. You were bound for greatness. You were born to help them by leading. Rise up and be the light home. You were given the gift to see the truth. They will have an army of people that are like them and you are going to feel alone. However, your family in heaven stands beside you now. They are your strength and as countless as the stars. It is time to let go!


Your Guardian Angel”
Shannon L. Alder

Scott Lynch
“[W]hen you find yourself face to face with one [Bondsmage], you bow and scrape and mind your 'sirs' and 'madams.'"


'Nice bird, asshole,' said Locke.”
Scott Lynch, The Lies of Locke Lamora

Patrick Henry
“A King, by disallowing Acts of this salutary nature, from being the father of his people, degenerated into a Tyrant and forfeits all rights to his subjects' obedience.”
Patrick Henry

Simone Signoret
“Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is thread, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years.”
Simone Signoret

Anthony Liccione
“The chains that break you, are the chains that make you. And the chains that make you, are the chains you break.”
Anthony Liccione

Friedrich Schiller
“The iron chain and the silken cord are both equally bonds.”
Friedrich von Schiller

Laurie Halse Anderson
“The best time to talk to ghosts is just before the sun comes up.”
Laurie Halse Anderson

Helen Keller
“For one wild, glad moment we snapped the chain that binds us to earth, and joining hands with the winds we felt ourselves divine.”
Helen Keller, The Story of My Life

Robert G. Ingersoll
“If the people of Europe had known as much of astronomy and geology when the bible was introduced among them, as they do now, there never could have been one believer in the doctrine of inspiration. If the writers of the various parts of the bible had known as much about the sciences as is now known by every intelligent man, the book never could have been written. It was produced by ignorance, and has been believed and defended by its author. It has lost power in the proportion that man has gained knowledge. A few years ago, this book was appealed to in the settlement of all scientific questions; but now, even the clergy confess that in such matters, it has ceased to speak with the voice of authority. For the establishment of facts, the word of man is now considered far better than the word of God. In the world of science, Jehovah was superseded by Copernicus, Galileo, and Kepler. All that God told Moses, admitting the entire account to be true, is dust and ashes compared to the discoveries of Descartes, Laplace, and Humboldt. In matters of fact, the bible has ceased to be regarded as a standard. Science has succeeded in breaking the chains of theology. A few years ago, Science endeavored to show that it was not inconsistent with the bible. The tables have been turned, and now, Religion is endeavoring to prove that the bible is not inconsistent with Science. The standard has been changed.”
Robert G. Ingersoll, Some Mistakes of Moses

Roshani Chokshi
“I believe that the world could be different. I believe that our destinies aren't chains around our necks, but wings that give us flight.”
Roshani Chokshi, Aru Shah and the End of Time

Amélie Nothomb
“الصينيون اخترعوا كلّ شيء ، وفكّروا في كلّ شيء ، وفهموا كلّ شيء .
والانكباب على دراسة الصين هو انكباب على دراسة الذكاء مجسّدا”
Amélie Nothomb, Biographie de la faim

Janet Fitch
“I was always mortified.Didn't they know they were tying thier mothers to the ground? Weren't chains ashamed of their prisoners?”
Janet Fitch, White Oleander


chains that hold me to the ground
chains that keep me solidly bound
chains that tether my heart to you
chains that only one truth...”
Muse, Enigmatic Evolution

Ann Leckie
“I find forgiveness overrated. There are times and places when it’s appropriate. But not when the demand that you forgive is used to keep you in your place.”
Ann Leckie, Ancillary Sword

Harriet Tubman
“If I could have convinced more slaves that they were slaves, I could have freed thousands more.”
Harriet Tubman

Emily Brontë
“Oh! dreadful is the check—intense the agony—
When the ear begins to hear, and the eye begins to see;
When the pulse begins to throb, the brain to think again;
The soul to feel the flesh, and the flesh to feel the chain.”
Emily Brontë, The Complete Poems

Kate McGahan
“Never before did I feel so bound by the chains of the soul. Never before was there such pain of ripping my heart apart as I ran.”
Kate McGahan

Abhijit Naskar
“Never let anyone put you in chains.”
Abhijit Naskar, Fabric of Humanity

Lailah Gifty Akita
“When the yoke is broken, the burden is removed.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Jody Hedlund
“He was free. All he had to do was let go of the chains.”
Jody Hedlund, Together Forever

Lailah Gifty Akita
“The only thing that can set a man free from any chains is the knowledge of Truth.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Frederick Douglass
“You are loosed from your moorings, and are free; I am fast in my chains, and am a slave! You move merrily before the gentle gale, and I sadly before the bloody whip! You are freedom's swift-winged angels, that fly round the world; I am confined in bands of iron! O that I were free!”
Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Lailah Gifty Akita
“You are in your own prison.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

John Kennedy Toole
“You know, manacles and chains have functions in modern life which their fevered inventors must never have considered in an earlier and simpler age. If I were a suburban developer, I would attach at least one set to the walls of every new yellow brick ranch style and Cape Cod split level. When the suburbanites grew tired of television and Ping-Pong or whatever they do in their little homes, they could chain one another up for a while. Everyone would love it. Wives would say, ‘My husband put me in chains last night. It was wonderful. Has your husband done that to you lately? And children would hurry eagerly home from school to their mothers who would be waiting to chain them. It would help the children to cultivate the imagination denied them by television and would appreciably cut down on the incidence of juvenile delinquency. When father came in from work, the whole family could grab him and chain him for being stupid enough to be working all day long to support them. Troublesome old relatives would be chained in the carport. Their hands would be released only once a month so they could sign over their Social Security checks. Manacles and chains could build a better life for all. I must give this some space in my notes and jottings.”
John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces
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“Some chains will never be broken, until you break them through prayer.”
Gift Gugu Mona

Jennifer A. Nielsen
“I might have been the one in chains, but he was the one who looked afraid.”
Jennifer A. Nielsen, The Shadow Throne

Richie Norton
“Don't trade your happy life in for a sad life because tragedy is happening simultaneously. (Take a moment to think on that statement.)⁣

What are you trading your life for? Where is your time really going? You have freedom, but are you free? Remove self-imposed chains.”
Richie Norton

Mladen Đorđević
“Who would have thought that freedom has the shape and weight of the chains?”
Mladen Đorđević, Svetioničar - Pomračenje

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