Prisoner Quotes

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
“My wish for you... is that your skeptic-eclectic brain be flooded with the light of truth.”
Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The First Circle

Laini Taylor
“It was cruel. Like opening a birdcage to let the bird fly out, whilst all the while it's tethered by the leg, and freedom is only an illusion.”
Laini Taylor, Strange the Dreamer

Aldous Huxley
“The nature of psychological compulsion is such that those who act under constraint remain under the impression that they are acting on their own initiative. The victim of mind-manipulation does not know that he is a victim. To him the walls of his prison are invisible, and he believes himself to be free. That he is not free is apparent only to other people. His servitude is strictly objective.”
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World / Brave New World Revisited

Shannon Hale
“Hey, times are tough, and thirty gold coins can do a lot of good. But I guess you wouldn't know about needing money, since you grew up like a little princ..."
(Rapunzel glares)
"Prin... soner. I mean, prisoner! A prisoner in a tower, such a shame, that.”
Shannon Hale

Tad Williams
“You are only a prisoner when you surrender.”
Tad Williams, Shadowplay

Judith Lewis Herman
“In situations of captivity the perpetrator becomes the most powerful person in the life of the victim, and the psychology of the victim is shaped by the actions and beliefs of the perpetrator.”
Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

Primo Levi
“This is the most immediate fruit of exile, of uprooting: the prevalence of the unreal over the real. Everyone dreamed past and future dreams, of slavery and redemption, of improbable paradises, of equally mythical and improbable enemies; cosmic enemies, perverse and subtle, who pervade everything like the air.”
Primo Levi, If This Is a Man • The Truce

Ursula K. Le Guin
“The prisoner is the jailer's jailer.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, Rocannon's World

Alexandre Dumas
“You are my son Dantés! You are the child of my captivity. My priestly office condemned me to celibacy: God sent you to me both to console the man who could not be a father and the prisoner who could not be free”
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo


May they never
Return home at night...

May you have no part of eventide,
May you have no room of your own,
Nor road, nor return.
May your days be all exactly the same,
Five Fridays in a row,
Always an unlucky Tuesday,
No Sunday,
May you have no more little worries,
Tears or inspiration,
For you yourself are the greatest worry on earth:

Visar Zhiti, The Condemned Apple: Selected Poetry

Thomas E. Sniegoski
“You want to know about the place called Hell?" he asked the curious animal. "There is no Hell," he said. "Hell is in here." He touched the raw, pink skin of his chest with the tips of his fingers. "And it will forever brun inside me for what I have done.”
Thomas E. Sniegoski, Aerie

“The primary obligation of any prisoner is to escape. Whether that means actually leaving or simply figuring out a way to handle things so you don't go crazy is up to you.”
Emmanuel Goldstein, Dear Hacker: Letters to the Editor of 2600

Arti Manani
“She was kidnapped, held hostage in her own nightmare, being tortured by her own mind.”
Arti Manani, The Colours of Denial

Anthony Ray Hinton
“I’m sorry you lost your mom, but man, you got to look at this a different way. Now you have someone in heaven who is going to argue your case before god. It was silent for a few moments and then the most amazing thing happened, on a dark night in what must surely be the most desolate and dehumanizing place on earth, a man laughed.”
Anthony Ray Hinton, The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row

“We are all the prisoners, the circumstantial prisoners”
P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar

“If there is a God, he will have to beg my forgiveness.”
Jewish Prisoner

“There were occasional dances at the main prison compound with live bands as well as holiday dinners, activities that Blanche greatly enjoyed. In her scrapbooks, she placed an autographed promotional photograph of one visiting band, The Rural Ramblers. ...
Blanche loved to dance and by all accounts she was very good at it. She applied to a correspondence course in dancing that came complete with diagrams of select dance steps to place on the floor and practice. She also cut similar dance instructions and diagrams from newspapers and magazines and put them in her scrapbooks. By 1937, she had mastered popular dances like jitterbug, rumba, samba, and tango.
The men’s prison, or “the big prison” as the women called it, hosted movies on Friday nights. Features like Roll Along Cowboy ... were standard, usually accompanied by some short musical feature such as Who’s Who and a newsreel. The admission was five cents. Blanche attended many of these movies. She loved movies all of her life.
Blanche Barrow’s periodic visits to the main prison allowed her to fraternize with males. She apparently had a brief encounter with “the boy in the warden’s office” in the fall of 1934. There are few details, but their relationship was evidently ended abruptly by prison officials in December.
There were other suitors, some from Blanche Barrow’s past, and some late arrivals...”
John Neal Phillips, My Life with Bonnie and Clyde

“[At Eastham, probably after sexual abuse]: In Barrow's own words to Fults, 'I'd like to shoot all these damned guards and turn everybody loose.' Fults, initially unimpressed by the diminutive Barrow, later noted the change he witnessed. 'I seen him change from a schoolboy to a rattlesnake. He got real bitter.' ... This is echoed by members of the Barrow family who noted a distinct difference in Barrow's personality after his 1932 parole. According to his sister Marie, 'Something awful sure must have happened to him in prison, because he wasn't the same person when he got out.”
John Neal Phillips, My Life with Bonnie and Clyde

Donna Goddard
“Neither person has to give any of themselves away. They are entirely themselves. Together they live in something bigger than themselves which encloses both. It is something that is already made; something the two belong to; something that they both merge with without losing anything.”
Donna Goddard, Pittown

Thomas Merton
“In humility is the greatest freedom. As soon as you begin to take yourself seriously and imagine that your virtues are important because they are yours, you become the prisoner of your own vanity and even your best works will blind and deceive you. Then, in order to defend yourself, you will begin to see sins and faults everywhere in the actions of other[s].”
Thomas Merton

Liz Braswell
“I need some rope," she said to Cogsworth as she entered the study, shaking herself into action.
"Yes, of course, right away," the little clock said. "What?"
"I'm not letting him free until I get some answers," Belle said, gritting her teeth. "Help me tie him up."
"Tie up? The master?" Cogsworth stuttered.
"He threw my father into a cold prison cell, then took me in his place! I think tying him up in front of a warm roaring fire is plenty generous, considering!”
Liz Braswell, As Old as Time

Chaker Khazaal
“In displacement, I, Chaker of the World, grew up a prisoner. I am a freedom fighter, and my love for life is my only weapon.”
Chaker Khazaal, Ouch!: A memoir with a twist…

“Roots matter by not even one jot, and though there are lessons we can draw from them, we cannot let them determine us or even define us, just define and frame how it is we are to escape ourselves to remake ourselves. We are not prisoners of the past. We can all reinvent ourselves, build ourselves anew. We are a New Humanity, a Higher Humanity, the Bright Humanity of the future”
Thomas Stark, The Stairway to Consciousness: The Birth of Self-Awareness from Unconscious Archetypes

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“The architect of the walls around me is the fear within me. And if I have foolishly granted this architect full license to build whatever it pleases in whatever manner it pleases, I will find that I have confused safety with imprisonment.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Mark M. Bello
“. . . Max glanced at the camp entrance, where the train came through. A gate marked the entrance. The sign read: “Arbeit macht frei” a German phrase meaning “work sets you free.” The sign was a cruel taunt, as this was certainly not a place where work set a person free.”
Mark M. Bello, L'DOR V'DOR: From Generation to Generation

“Identity is an imprisonment”
Lukhman Pambra

Mehmet Murat ildan
“Everyone has a prison they are stuck in! Words are the author's prison; the scenes, the actors 'prison; the fields, the peasants' prison; boats, fishermen's prison; love, lovers’ prison! Always remind yourself of the world outside of your own prison so that the prison knows its limits and doesn't make you a slave! Remember, the perfect prison is still a prison! Never put your freedom at the disposal of anything or anyone, because it belongs only to you!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Jeremy Jenkins
“But I was nothing but a prisoner to the slow march of time.”
Jeremy Jenkins, My Dad's Best Friend

Viktor E. Frankl
“Woe to him who found that the person whose memory alone had given him courage in camp did not exist any more! Woe to him who, when the day of his dreams finally came, found it so different from all he had longed for! Perhaps he boarded a trolley, traveled out to the home which he had seen for years in his mind,
and only in his mind, and pressed the bell, just as he has longed to do in thousands of dreams, only to find that the person who should open the door was not there, and would never be there again.”
Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

“What became of Freedom who
called himself my Own?
Now I sit here in chains
shackled to the floor.”
Jackie Smith, The Nostalgia Collection

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