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

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

“THE CURSE

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:

Prisoner!”
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

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

Dhonielle Clayton
“No one is a prisoner. Even you have the power to make your own choices.”
Dhonielle Clayton, The Belles

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

Jeffrey Archer
“القاعدة الذهبية في السجن إن حدث وانتهى بك الأمر خلف قضبانه هي ألا تسأل أي سجين عما أدى به إلى هناك ، إلا إذا أثار هو الموضوع”
Jeffrey Archer, Cat O' Nine Tales: And Other Stories

Laura Sebastian
“Thora is so much simpler. She is a hollow thing with no past no future. No desires. No anger. Only fear. Only obedience”
Laura Sebastian, Ash Princess

“Very few things in our privileged life are entitled to the distinction, or the stranglehold fear can have on us.”
debbie lynn - 360 degrees full circle

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
“For the first 3 weeks of that month, I was also under internal segregation. This simply meant that no other political prisoner was allowed near me. During meals, I was made to sit apart from the others, often with a guard between us. During my ration of sunshine, I had to sit in my corner, often with a watchful guard to ensure that there was no talking or other contact between me & any of the others. Because we were all on the same block it wasn't easy for the warders to enforce total segregation. The other political prisoners would break through the cordon by shouting across to me or by finding any & every excuse for going past where I was sitting & hurriedly throwing in one or two words of solidarity...This was always touching coming from people who were in no better conditions.”
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Wrestling with the Devil: A Prison Memoir

“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

Jina S. Bazzar
“When one faces pain on a daily basis, one either learns to live with it or let it consume him.”
Jina S. Bazzar, Heir of Ashes

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“It is pointless to teach someone a lesson by killing them.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Alwyn Hamilton
“Seemed like the only way into the city these days was by being dragged through the gates as a prisoner with a hand around your neck. Lucky me.”
Alwyn Hamilton, Traitor to the Throne

Terry Pratchett
“Twenty-five dollars or I walk out that door,’ he said. It was probably a phrase never ever said before by any prisoner anywhere on any world.”
Terry Pratchett, Night Watch

“The moon is jealous of you tonight. Your alluring charm and intoxicating beauty have immured me as a prisoner; I didn't even glance once at the moon tonight!”
Avijeet Das

“That’s the biggest danger of incarceration: you get used to it. It’s not the goon in the bathroom with a blade hidden in his mouth creeping up behind you that poses the biggest threat to your survival. It’s the fact that you get used to it.”
Jacques Pauw, Little Ice Cream Boy

Malcolm X
“In the hectic pace of the world today, there is no time for meditation, or for deep thought. A prisoner has time that he can put to good use. I’d put prison second to college as the best place for a man to go if he needs to do some thinking. If he’s motivated, in prison he can change his life.”
Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X

“I am a prisoner of my own pen.”
Anthony T.Hincks

“Illumination is good, as long as the light is free.”
Anthony T.Hincks

Ehsan Sehgal
“You cannot discuss any matter with those people who are just a prisoner of their false ego, little knowledge, weak and wrong examples, blaming, insulting and abusing behaviour instead of observing, understanding and excepting the reality, sensibility, facts of the time and the history of the civilisation.”
Ehsan Sehgal

Pamela Harju
“It was raining outside. It wasn’t heavy, but it left droplets on the windows, making it look like the window was covered in glitter which gleamed and shone in the candlelight. There was something outlandish about the place. It wasn’t only the grand rooms and the exquisite décor and not even the sheer size of the building; there was more to it. It was a feeling. She felt enveloped in it day and night. It wasn’t unpleasant or choking, but it wasn’t cosy and welcoming either. It was just there, like a straitjacket. She hoped that there could have been a bit more glitter and glamour to her days. She wasn’t exactly a sparkly kind of girl, but she missed… something.”
Pamela Harju, A World Other Than Her Own

Albert Sánchez Piñol
“No era un reclús del meu illot, només de la meva memòria.”
Albert Sánchez Piñol, Cold Skin

Akshay Vasu
“Does it get any better than sleeping next to you on a cold rainy night? Watching myself in your eyes and the way I shine in there. Hearing the drizzle and getting weaker every time the breeze touches our bare skin. Every time you smile, these little butterflies with their wings on fire, flies inside my heart and I constantly fail to cage these feelings in mere words. All I need at that moment is you inside my arms. And to stay a prisoner inside your eyes, for an eternity.”
Akshay Vasu, The Abandoned Paradise: Unraveling the beauty of untouched thoughts and dreams

Ashley Asti
“Your existence is defiance: as those around you perish, you gather those passed souls and rise with them, as if your voice and leadership is made stronger by a long line of ancestors who stand tall, in spirit, with you. And I think that's what I loved most about your description of your physical self: 'I would not change anything about me. I represent my ancestors.”
Ashley Asti, I Have Waited for You: Letters from Prison

Charles Dickens
“And them and their descendants, to the last of their race, I, Alexandre Manette, unhappy prisoner, do this last night of the year 1767, in my unbearable agony, denounce to the times when all these things shall be answered for. I denounce them to Heaven and to earth.”
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

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