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Jack Henry Abbott Quotes and Sayings

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I escaped one time.
In 1971 I was in the free world for six weeks.
- Jack Henry Abbott

The other inmates stand in a long straight line,
flanked by guards, and I am dragged past them.
I do not respect them, because they will not run -
will not try to escape.
- Jack Henry Abbott

My eyes, my brain seek out escape routes wherever I am sent.
- Jack Henry Abbott

Nothing is over and done with.
Nothing.
Not even your malice.
- Jack Henry Abbott

 

I have been desperate to escape for so many years now,
it is routine for me to try to escape.
- Jack Henry Abbott

To be in prison so long, it's difficult to remember
exactly what you did to get there.
- Jack Henry Abbott

I find it painful and angering to look in a mirror.
- Jack Henry Abbott

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There was never sufficient evidence presented at my
trial to support a finding of intent to kill.
- Jack Henry Abbott

As long as I am nothing but a ghost of the civil dead,
I can do nothing.
- Jack Henry Abbott

When they talk of ghosts of the dead who wander in
the night with things still undone in life,
they approximate my subjective experience of this life.
- Jack Henry Abbott

One morning I woke up and was plunged into psychological shock.
I had forgotten I was free.
- Jack Henry Abbott

I've wanted somehow to convey to you the sensations -
the atmospheric pressure,
you might say - of what it is to be seriously a long-term
prisoner in an American prison.
- Jack Henry Abbott

Because there is something helpless and weak and innocent -
something like an infant -
deep inside us all that really suffers in ways we would
never permit an insect to suffer.
- Jack Henry Abbott

When I'm forced by circumstances to be in a crowd of prisoners,
it's all I can do to refrain from attack.
- Jack Henry Abbott

That is how prison is tearing me up inside.
It hurts every day.
Every day takes me further from my life.
- Jack Henry Abbott

Paranoia is an illness I contracted in institutions.
It is not the reason for my sentences to reform school and prison.
It is the effect, not the cause.
- Jack Henry Abbott

Imagine a thousand more such daily intrusions in your life,
every hour and minute of every day, and you can grasp
the source of this paranoia,
this anger that could consume me at any moment if I lost control.
- Jack Henry Abbott

The part of me which wanders through my mind and never
sees or feels actual objects,
but which lives in and moves through my passions and my emotions,
experiences this world as a horrible nightmare.
- Jack Henry Abbott

How can they say my life is not a success? Have I not
for more than sixty years got enough to eat and escaped being eaten?
- Logan P. Smith

One of the most difficult times in my life was when
I escaped from Romania in November of 1989.
- Nadia Comaneci

Of course the barbarians' aim of world domination has
not escaped the attention of the Europeans,
perhaps because unlike us they are closer to the walls.
- Barbara Amiel

In masks outrageous and austere, The years go by in single file;
But none has merited my fear,
And none has quite escaped my smile.
- Elinor Wylie

Suffrage is a common right of citizenship.
Women have the right of suffrage.
Logically it cannot be escaped.
- Victoria Woodhull

Nixon's grand mistake was his failure to understand
that Americans are forgiving,
and if he had admitted error early and apologized to the country,
he would have escaped.
- Bob Woodward

Many have been ruined by their fortunes,
and many have escaped ruin by the want of fortune.
To obtain it the great have become little,
and the little great.
- Johann Georg Zimmermann

Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just
escaped from adolescence,
but of those who have already taken possession of their future.
- Coco Chanel

At that time a lot of young men didn't want to go to the war and kill.
This guy that I fell in love with was one of those
so he escaped to Canada and I followed him.
- Ann Wilson

The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life,
the clearer we should see through it.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of
history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.
- Francis Bacon

Sometimes my heart hurts so much, I beat it with my fists.
I try to run.
But you cannot run from this.
It waits for you.
Even when you think you have escaped it,
it is there.
- Klaus Kinski

They were involved in a firefight and felt they were surrounded.
Whether they escaped from that and were fleeing and
went in the wrong direction,
we don't know.
- Hugh Shelton

I've been in a treatment center for drinkin'.
I stayed for two days, then escaped.
- Evel Knievel

Another one of the old poets, whose name has escaped my memory at present,
called Truth the daughter of Time.
- Aulus Gellius

Do not think too much of the dead husk of your friend,
or mourn too much over it, but send your thoughts out
towards the real soul or self which has escaped -
to reach it.
- Edward Carpenter

I have been very fortunate as to escape through another
day's very severe fighting and escaped unhurt.
- John H. Morgan

I have had an experience which might perhaps be described as being shot down.
At the same time, I call shot down only when one falls down.
Today I got into trouble but I escaped with a whole skin.
- Manfred von Richthofen

However, the economics of our business continued to deteriorate.
We barely escaped bankruptcy a year ago,
and in the aftermath of that escape we had to make
some even tougher decisions.
- Gerard Arpey

I knew, however, that the next morning after the fight
I would have to get away,
and I did just in time, for a full company came early
to look for me and were furious because I had escaped them.
- Jesse James

A lot of the fun lies in trying to penetrate the mystery;
and this is best done by saying over the lines to yourself again and again,
till they pass through the stage of sounding like nonsense,
and finally return to a full sense that had at first escaped notice.
- Anthony Hecht

I was lucky because on the morning after the burning
of the Reichstag I left my home very early to catch
a train to Berlin for the conference of our student
organization and that is the only reason why I escaped arrest.
- Klaus Fuchs

The particular features of the photographic method
of detecting atomic particles enabled us to establish
the existence of transient forms of matter which had
escaped recognition by other methods.
- Cecil Frank Powell

Here was a fragment of Goddess myth that,
through all its permutations, had somehow escaped being turned on its head.
It was the perfect springboard for the sort of novel I wanted to write.
- Joan D. Vinge

And at ten, or whatever time, in the morning we had the press conference,
what we knew is there had been an incident at Three Mile Island,
that it was shut down, that there was water that had
escaped but it was contained.
- William Scranton

Laws are sand, customs are rock.
Laws can be evaded and punishment escaped,
but an openly transgressed custom brings sure punishment.
The penalty may be unfair, unrighteous, illogical, and a cruelty;
no matter, it will be inflicted, just the same.
Certainly, then, there can be but one wise thing
for a visiting stranger to do -
find out what the country's customs are,
and refrain from offending against them.
- Mark Twain

Say NO to the demands of the world.
Say YES to the longings of your own heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whatever you do, do with kindness.
Whatever you say, say with kindness.
Wherever you go, radiate kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I say NO to the demands of the world.
I say YES to the longings of my own heart.
There is nothing I ever need to have.
There is nothing I ever need to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love means not ever having to say you're sorry.
- Erich Segal

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If there is anything that a man can do well,
I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
- Abraham Lincoln

When I am getting ready to reason with a man,
I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself
and what I am going to say
and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.
- Abraham Lincoln

Once you say you're going to settle for second,
that's what happens to you in life.
- John F. Kennedy

Today is a Happy Day because I say it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You are what you do, not what you say you'll do.
- Carl Jung

Happiness is when
what you think,
what you say,
and what you do
are in harmony.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Never say or do anything you wouldn't want
to be the last thing you ever said or did.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whatever you say, say with kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.
- Elbert Hubbard

When any situation arises which tempts you to become disturbed,
say: "There is another way of looking at this."
- A Course In Miracles

It is difficult to say what is impossible,
for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today
and the reality of tomorrow.
- Robert H. Goddard

Never allow a person to tell you NO
who doesn't have the power to say YES.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Mind what people do, not only what they say,
for deeds will betray a lie.
- Terry Goodkind

The great pleasure in life is doing
what people say you cannot do.
- Walter Bagehot

Instead of worrying about what people say of you,
why not spend time trying to accomplish
something they will admire.
- Dale Carnegie

When the best leader's work is done the people say,
"We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

Where there is unconditional love,
there is no room for unhappiness.
Whenever I look in the mirror today,
I will say to myself: "That Is The Face Of God."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We like a man to come right out and say what he thinks-
if we agree with him.
- Mark Twain

The wicked leader is he who the people despise.
The good leader is he who the people revere.
The great leader is he who the people say, "We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

We get to CHOOSE the meaning for our lives.
Our lives mean exactly what we say they do - no more, no less.
Each of us chooses their path in life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We have to let go of all blame, all attacking, all judging,
to free our inner selves to attract what we say we want.
- Joe Vitale


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