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On the wagon sped, and I, as well as my comrades,
by Nellie Bly

On the wagon sped, and I, as well as my comrades,
gave a despairing farewell glance at freedom as we
came in sight of the long stone buildings.
- Nellie Bly

I had never been near insane persons before in my life,
and had not the faintest idea of what their actions were like.
- Nellie Bly

It is only after one is in trouble that one realizes
how little sympathy and kindness there are in the world.
- Nellie Bly

I always made a point of telling the doctors I was sane,
and asking to be released, but the more I endeavored
to assure them of my sanity,
the more they doubted it.
- Nellie Bly

 

I always had a desire to know asylum life more thoroughly -
a desire to be convinced that the most helpless of God's creatures,
the insane, were cared for kindly and properly.
- Nellie Bly

I had looked forward so eagerly to leaving the horrible place,
yet when my release came and I knew that God's sunlight
was to be free for me again,
there was a certain pain in leaving.
- Nellie Bly

I took upon myself to enact the part of a poor,
unfortunate crazy girl, and felt it my duty not to
shirk any of the disagreeable results that should follow.
- Nellie Bly

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Could I pass a week in the insane ward at Blackwell's
Island? I said I could and I would.
And I did.
- Nellie Bly

I shuddered to think how completely the insane were
in the power of their keepers,
and how one could weep and plead for release,
and all of no avail, if the keepers were so minded.
- Nellie Bly

I hardly expected the grand jury to sustain me,
after they saw everything different from what it had been while I was there.
Yet they did, and their report to the court advises
all the changes made that I had proposed.
- Nellie Bly

I had, toward the last, been shut off from all visitors,
and so when the lawyer, Peter A. Hendricks, came and
told me that friends of mine were willing to take charge
of me if I would rather be with them than in the asylum,
I was only too glad to give my consent.
- Nellie Bly

People in the world can never imagine the length of
days to those in asylums.
They seemed never ending, and we welcomed any event
that might give us something to think about as well as talk of.
- Nellie Bly

I have watched patients stand and gaze longingly toward
the city they in all likelihood will never enter again.
It means liberty and life; it seems so near,
and yet heaven is not further from hell.
- Nellie Bly

How can a doctor judge a woman's sanity by merely bidding
her good morning and refusing to hear her pleas for
release? Even the sick ones know it is useless to say anything,
for the answer will be that it is their imagination.
- Nellie Bly

They were being driven to a prison, through no fault of their own,
in all probability for life.
In comparison, how much easier it would be to walk
to the gallows than to this tomb of living horrors!
- Nellie Bly

All the asylum clothing is made by the patients,
but sewing does not employ one's mind.
After several months' confinement the thoughts of the busy world grow faint,
and all the poor prisoners can do is to sit and ponder
over their hopeless fate.
- Nellie Bly

Even that was all consumed after two days,
and the patients had to try to choke down fresh fish,
just boiled in water, without salt, pepper or butter;
mutton,
beef, and potatoes without the faintest seasoning.
- Nellie Bly

What a mysterious thing madness is.
I have watched patients whose lips are forever sealed in a perpetual silence.
They live, breathe, eat; the human form is there,
but that something, which the body can live without,
but which cannot exist without the body,
was missing.
- Nellie Bly

In our short walks we passed the kitchen where food
was prepared for the nurses and doctors.
There we got glimpses of melons and grapes and all kinds of fruits,
beautiful white bread and nice meats,
and the hungry feeling would be increased tenfold.
- Nellie Bly

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

Life is really simple,
but we insist on making it complicated.
- Confucius

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

Let there be peace on earth.
And let it begin with me.
- Jill Jackson Miller

Try a new perspective on diversity.
Across the country and around the world,
we are all one.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Happiness walks on busy feet.
- Kitte Turmell

Fly Life on Free Wings, and Sing to its Glory.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
May you delight in Dancing Lightly With Life.
May you soar on eagle wings, high above the madness of the world.
May you always sing Melody in the Symphony of Your Life.
May you taste, smell, and touch your dreams of a beautiful tomorrow.
May your sun always shine, and your sky be forever blue.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need
but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?
- 1 John 3:17

Trust your own inner guidance.
Have faith that your steps are
carrying you toward your dreams.
Keep your eyes on the heavens
and believe that your feet will carry you well.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Majority rule only works if you're also
considering individual rights,
because you can't have five wolves and one sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.
- Larry Flynt

Opportunity dances with those already on the dance floor.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

A person without a sense of humor
is like a wagon without springs.
It's jolted by every pebble on the road.
- Henry Ward Beecher

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather

When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore

This is my wish for you:
Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Hugs when spirits sag,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Friendships to brighten your being,
Faith so that you can believe,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life.
- Anonymous

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more.
If you concentrate on what you don't have,
you will never, ever have enough.
- Oprah Winfrey

Today is your day to Spread Wing and Soar.
Fly Life on Free Wings, and Sing to its Glory.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
- John Lubbock

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

Hold on... Joyfully.
Holding-on does not have to be
a desperate teeth-gritting kind of holding-on.
Holding-on can be a joyful
"this is just the nature of Life,
so I may as well enjoy it"
kind of holding-on.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know thyself.
- Socrates (inscribed on the ancient Greek temple at Delphi)

It all depends on how we look at things,
and not how they are in themselves.
- Carl Jung

Do you feel stuck?
Whether in a project, a job, a relationship,
or some other situation,
there is a time for perseverance,
and a time for letting go and moving on.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is more value in a very good painting
that is completed and on display,
than in an excellent painting
that is still in the artist's studio,
or perhaps still in his mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
- written on the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time
like dew on the tip of a leaf.
- Rabindranath Tagore

It is easier to put on slippers
than to carpet the entire world
- Al Franken

It seems essential, in relationships and all tasks,
that we concentrate only
on what is most significant and important.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Hold on... Joyfully.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Talk not of the river or lake
To those who have looked on the sea.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I do not believe in a fate that
falls on men however they act;
but I do believe in a fate
that falls on them unless they act.
- The Buddha

Never impose on others what
you would not choose for yourself.
- Confucius (Ancient Chinese)

The greatest test of courage on earth
is to bear defeat without losing heart.
- Robert Ingersoll

Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished:
If you're alive, it isn't.
- Richard Bach

You can't base your life on other people's expectations.
- Stevie Wonder

Chaos is inherent in all compounded things.
Strive on with diligence.
- The Buddha

One who is too insistent on his own views,
finds few to agree with him.
- Lao Tzu

There are other measures of self-respect for a man,
than the number of clean shirts he puts on every day.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love like you've never been hurt,
dance like no one is watching,
live as though heaven is on earth.
- Satchel Paige

Courage is the ladder on which all other virtues mount.
- Clare Boothe Luce

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
- John F. Kennedy

An overfull calendar, like an overfull stomach,
is a consequence of taking on too much.
Commit, and eat, in moderation.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Learn to become still. And to take your attention
away from what you don't want, and all the emotional charge around it,
and place your attention on what you wish to experience.
- Michael Beckwith

Each one of us has our own perspective
on everything we see in life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My happiness depends on me.
- A Course in Miracles

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority,
it is time to pause and reflect.
- Mark Twain

In spite of everything, I still believe
that people are really good at heart.
I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation
consisting of confusion, misery and death.
- Anne Frank

The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live
that his happiness shall depend
as little as possible on external things.
- Epictetus

A sense of humor... is needed armor.
Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips
is a sign that the person down deep
has a pretty good grasp of life.
- Hugh Sidey

Dance like no one is watching,
love like you'll never be hurt.
Sing like no one is listening.
Live life like it's heaven on earth.
- Anonymous (various attributions and alternate phrasings)

Do not dwell in the past,
do not dream of the future,
concentrate the mind on the present moment.
- The Buddha


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