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1. "Folly? O, it was indeed! But Folly is a prison where no charter of deliverence ever comes."
Author: A.E. Coppard
2. "And the more I thought about it, the more I dug ut of memory things I had overlooked or forgotten. I realized then that a man who had lived only a day could easily live for a hundred years in prison. He would have enough memories to keep him from being bored."
Author: Albert Camus
3. "Ten minutes after that and the inmates of Furnace were starting to feel invincible, running around the prison looking for the hidden security cameras and shouting insults at the warden. Some were even flashing their backsides at him, or relieving themselves over the black eyes in the rock, and I couldn't help but laugh as I pictured him sitting in his quarters effectively getting pissed on."
Author: Alexander Gordon Smith
4. "(To The Youth) "...you know and everybody knows that life has failed to bring the light of hope to my eyes, draw a smile on my face, and create joy in my heart. You know and everybody knows that being tortured for you, being imprisoned for you and suffering for your sake has been the only joy I have ever had..... it is from your joy that I feel comfort, it is your freedom that brings the light of hope to my sight, it is your comfort that I feel relaxed in my heart.... I cannot speak well or write well... please note the hidden force under my simple lousy words.. please understand... please understand ! I love you and consider you my only friend; all my life, all the days and nights, every moment of my life is a witness to my love and dedication for you. Your freedom is my doctrine, your success is my affection, your future is my only hope!"
Author: Ali Shariati
5. "Now, now, hear me out," Hamish went on. "We don't have to kidnap Garrett. Not if we kidnap the buyer." "Or distract him," Angus added."Like the Bulgari job," Hamish said."You mean the job that landed half the DiMarco family in a South African prison?" Kat said.Angus shrugged. "Nobody said it was perfect."
Author: Ally Carter
6. "I wish I could undo what I did at Enron but I can't. I understand that I deserve punishment. Your honor, I accept the prison sentence that you are about to impose and will serve it without bitterness."
Author: Andrew Fastow
7. "This world is a prison for the Faithful, but a Paradise for unbelievers"
Author: Anonymous
8. "A tough man, usually ends up in prison, but a strong-minded man, will own the prison."
Author: Anthony Liccione
9. "The world is starving for leaders who are not afraid to dismantle the sacred and precious beliefs, which hold us as prisoners of the past."
Author: Bryant McGill
10. "I had never seen a prison, nor had I even imagined one, but there is a racial memory in man that instinctively knows of these things. The architecture of misery has an unmistakable look and feel about it."
Author: Bryce Courtenay
11. "Aryami Bose's home had been closed up for years, inhabited only by books and paintings, but the spectre of thousands of memories imprisoned between its walls still permeated the house."
Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafón
12. "Here she comes, running, out of prison and off the pedestal: chains off, crown off, halo off, just a live woman."
Author: Charlotte Perkins Gilman
13. "There is no peace because the making of peace is at least as costly as the making of war - at least as exigent, at least as disruptive, at least as liable to bring disgrace and prison and death in its wake."
Author: Daniel Berrigan
14. "But an ink brush, she thinks, is a skeleton key for a prisoner's mind."
Author: David Mitchell
15. "How many lives will you save if I'm in prison?" Beckett continued. "Hundreds? Thousands? Do it for the people I haven't killed yet."
Author: Debra Anastasia
16. "They say 'stone walls do not a prison make nor iron bars a cage'. It was a quotation I knew as a boy. I had made it my own back then. I knew they couldn't capture my mind. Whilst I could still think, I was free."
Author: Denis Avey
17. "A prison cell, in which one waits, hopes - and is completely dependent on the fact that the door of freedom has to be opened from the outside, is not a bad picture of Advent"
Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
18. "If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom."
Author: Dwight D. Eisenhower
19. "I've always been tremendously interested in criminal law. It goes to a deep interest I have in prisons and the criminal element, and what we do as a society with it. I've always been touched by the idea of criminality."
Author: Elizabeth Strout
20. "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."
Author: Emmanuel Goldstein
21. "She had caught a cold and it made her voice huskier and more charming than ever and Gatsby was overwhelmingly aware of the youth and mystery that wealth imprisons and preserves, of the freshness of many clothes and of Daisy, gleaming like silver, safe and proud above the hot struggles of the poor."
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
22. "Churches were shut down and Stanislaw's father and three uncles had been sent to prison camps for speaking out."
Author: Fannie Flagg
23. "Le voilà le grand drame de notre société: Même les riches ne font plus envie. Ils sont gros, moches, et vulgaires, leurs femmes sont liftées, ils vont en prison, leurs enfants se droguent, ils ont des goûts de ploucs, ils posent pour Gala. Les riches d'aujourd'hui ont oublié que l'argent est un moyen non une fin. Ils ne savent plus quoi en faire. Au moins quand on est pauvre, on peut se dire qu'avec du fric, tout s'arrangerait. Mais quand on est riche, on ne peut pas se dire qu'avec une nouvelle baraque dans le Midi, une autre voiture de sport, une paire de pompes à 12000 balles, ou un mannequin supplémentaire, tout s'arrangerait. Quand on est riche, on n'a plus d'excuse. C'est pour ça que tout les milliardaires sont sous Prozac ; parce qu'ils ne font plus rêver personne, même pas eux !"
Author: Frédéric Beigbeder
24. "One of the prisoners, Grigoryev, went mad as soon as he was untied, and never regained his sanity."
Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
25. "A prison becomes a home when you have the key."
Author: George Sterling
26. "No dictator, no invader, can hold an imprisoned population by force of arms forever."
Author: J. Michael Straczynski
27. "I used to think like Moses. That knocked me down for a couple years and put me in prison. Then I start thinking like Job. Job waited and became the wealthiest and richest man ever 'cause he believed in God."
Author: James Brown
28. "To speak of these things and to try to understand their nature and, having understood it, to try slowly and humbly and constantly to express, to press out again, from the gross earth or what it brings forth, from sound and shape and colour which are the prison gates of our soul, an image of the beauty we have come to understand—that is art."
Author: James Joyce
29. "Sadly, every year hundreds of children are victimized by a convicted sexual offender. Convicted predators should be put in prison where they belong and kept away from our Nation's children."
Author: Jim Costa
30. "Things break all the time. Glass, and dishes, and fingernails. Cars and contracts and potato chips. You can break a record, a horse, a dollar. You can break the ice. There are coffee breaks and lunch breaks and prison breaks. Day breaks, waves break, voices break. Chains can be broken. So can silence and fever. Promises break. Hearts break. Fault lines: these are the places where the earth breaks apart, these are the spots where earthquakes originate, where volcanoes are born. Or in other words: the world is crumbling under us; it's the solid ground beneath our feet that's an illusion."
Author: Jodi Picoult
31. "Put 'em who threaten possessions and power together with 'em who offend our tastes in sex and dope. Those who're touched, put 'em in asylums. Pack off old ones to 'senior communities,' nursing homes. Our children? Keep'em prisoner, baby-sitter as warden. School? Good for fifteen to twenty years. Army afterward. Liberated, we live in prison. No this, no that. Kill us before we die!"
Author: John Cage
32. "Many abused children cling to the hope that growing up will bring escape and freedom. But the personality formed in the environment of coercive control is not well adapted to adult life. The survivor is left with fundamental problems in basic trust, autonomy, and initiative. She approaches the task of early adulthood??establishing independence and intimacy??burdened by major impairments in self-care, in cognition and in memory, in identity, and in the capacity to form stable relationships. She is still a prisoner of her childhood; attempting to create a new life, she reencounters the trauma."
Author: Judith Lewis Herman
33. "Those who were so long imprisoned in ice and darkness seem to find the sunlight jarring, painful. The longer I walk around with this grief inside me, the more I understand that. It's as if sunshine is a slap in the face that says, Look, the world's all bright and shiny! Too bad you're not."
Author: Karen Marie Moning
34. "God help us from those who believe that they are the sole possessors of truth. How we manage at times to agree willingly to become prisoners within our own minds and souls of beliefs and ideas on which we can never be flexible."
Author: King Hussein I
35. "So what indeed! The lesson I myself learned over and over again when teaching at the college and then the prison was the uselessness of information to most people, except as entertainment. If facts weren't funny or scary, or couldn't make you rich, the heck with them."
Author: Kurt Vonnegut
36. "That's all the freedom we canhope for - the freedom to choose our prison. [...]"
Author: L.M. Montgomery
37. "Forgiveness is for yourself because it frees you. It lets you out of that prison you put yourself in."
Author: Louise L. Hay
38. "Identity is not negotiable. An identity you have achieved by agreement is always a prison."
Author: M. John Harrison
39. "A prison does not only lock its inmates inside, it keeps all others out. Her strongest prison is of her own construction."
Author: Margaret Atwood
40. "The past does not have to be your prison. You have a voice in your destiny. You have a say in your life. You have a choice in the path you take."
Author: Max Lucado
41. "Confined on the ship, from which there is no escape, the madman is delivered to the river with its thousand arms, the sea with its thousand roads, to that great uncertainty external to everything. He is a prisoner in the midst of what is the freest, the openest of routes: bound fast at the infinite crossroads. He is the Passenger par excellence: that is, the prisoner of the passage. And the land he will come to is unknown—as is, once he disembarks, the land from which he comes. He has his truth and his homeland only in that fruitless expanse between two countries that cannot belong to him."
Author: Michel Foucault
42. "I could hold you prisoner here for the rest of the day and list everything I love about you, but that's only half of it," he explained, turning toward me. "The other half is something I can't put into words. Something I don't think I'll ever be able to. It's something that ties me to you, and you to me. Call it chemistry, call it fate, call it whatever you want. All I know is that I'm yours just as much as you're mine, Luce. That's the surest thing I've ever known."
Author: Nicole Williams
43. "Though here his voice faltered, because he knew as well as she did what came next, what words came next. If he could speak them, he might even convince her they were true, as his father had convinced his mother that Browning summer. It was the worst lie there was, imprisoning and ultimately embittering the hearer, playing upon her terrible need to believe. He could feel the I love you forming on his lips. Would he have said it if she hadn't interrupted?"
Author: Richard Russo
44. "When you have to hide who you really are to the world, you create a shell around yourself over time. A painted on coating of lies. It becomes your shield...and your prison."
Author: Selena Kitt
45. "Ecoute les orguesElles jouent pour toiIl est terrible cet air làJ'espère que tu aimesC'est assez beau nonC'est le requiem pour un conJe l'ai composé spécialement pour toiA ta mémoire de scélératC'est un joli thèmeTu ne trouves pasSemblable à toi mêmePauvre conVoici les orguesQui remettent çaFaut qu't'apprennes par c?ur cet air làQue tu n'aies pas mêmeUne hésitationSur le requiem pour un conQuoi tu me regardesTu n'apprécies pasMais qu'est-ce qu'y a là dedansQui t'plaît pasPour moi c'est idemQue ça t'plaise ou nonJ'te l'rejoue quand mêmePauvre conEcoute les orguesElles jouent pour toiIl est terrible cet air làJ'espère que tu aimesC'est assez beau nonC'est le requiem pour un conJe l'ai composé spécialement pour toiA ta mémoire de scélératSur ta figure blêmeAux murs des prisonsJ'inscrirai moi-même : "Pauvre con"
Author: Serge Gainsbourg
46. "The prisoner is the jailer's jailer."
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
47. "Le temps n'existe plus pour moi, Niniane. Je t'attendais. Je t'attends. Je t'attendrai.Où que tu sois, je suis à tes côtés. Ma prison a un centre mais n'a pas de frontières. Tu es le centre de mon ETERNITE."
Author: Valérie Guinot
48. "The seeds of life - fiery is their force, divine their birth, but they are weighed down by the bodies' ills or dulled by limbs and flesh that's born for death. That is the source of all men's fears and longings, joys and sorrows, nor can they see the heaven's light, shut up in the body's tomb, a prison dark and deep."
Author: Virgil
49. "THE CURSEMay they neverReturn 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!"
Author: Visar Zhiti
50. "TIMON Look thee, 'tis so! Thou singly honest man,Here, take: the gods out of my miseryHave sent thee treasure. Go, live rich and happy;But thus condition'd: thou shalt build from men;Hate all, curse all, show charity to none,But let the famish'd flesh slide from the bone,Ere thou relieve the beggar; give to dogsWhat thou deny'st to men; let prisons swallow 'em,Debts wither 'em to nothing; be men likeblasted woods,And may diseases lick up their false bloods!And so farewell and thrive.FLAVIUS O, let me stay,And comfort you, my master.TIMON If thou hatest curses,Stay not; fly, whilst thou art blest and free:Ne'er see thou man, and let me ne'er see thee."
Author: William Shakespeare

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