Quote of the Day: Imprisonment

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” 
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Elective Affinities

“I’m convinced that most men don’t know what they believe, rather, they only know what they wish to believe. How many people blame God for man’s atrocities, but wouldn’t dream of imprisoning a mother for her son’s crime?” 
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“Most of us are imprisoned by something. We’re living in darkness until something flips on the switch.” 
― Wynonna Judd


“…So we passed, handcuffed and in silence, through the streets of Washington, through the Captial of a nation, whose theory of government, we are told, rests on the foundation of man’s inalienable right to life, LIBERTY, and the pursuit of happiness! Hail! Columbia, happy land, indeed!” 
― Solomon Northup, Twelve Years a Slave

“The history of man is simply the history of slavery, of injustice and brutality, together with the means by which he has, through the dead and desolate years, slowly and painfully advanced. He has been the sport and prey of priest and king, the food of superstition and cruel might. Crowned force has governed ignorance through fear. Hypocrisy and tyranny—two vultures—have fed upon the liberties of man. From all these there has been, and is, but one means of escape—intellectual development. Upon the back of industry has been the whip. Upon the brain have been the fetters of superstition. Nothing has been left undone by the enemies of freedom. Every art and artifice, every cruelty and outrage has been practiced and perpetrated to destroy the rights of man. In this great struggle every crime has been rewarded and every virtue has been punished. Reading, writing, thinking and investigating have all been crimes.

Every science has been an outcast.

All the altars and all the thrones united to arrest the forward march of the human race. The king said that mankind must not work for themselves. The priest said that mankind must not think for themselves. One forged chains for the hands, the other for the soul. Under this infamous regime the eagle of the human intellect was for ages a slimy serpent of hypocrisy.

The human race was imprisoned. Through some of the prison bars came a few struggling rays of light. Against these bars Science pressed its pale and thoughtful face, wooed by the holy dawn of human advancement. Bar after bar was broken away. A few grand men escaped and devoted their lives to the liberation of their fellows.” 
― Robert G. Ingersoll, The Liberty Of Man, Woman And Child

“The worst stage was when one could tell she was still awake and almost alert, but she knew that nothing worked. Imprisoned. She was imprisoned. In a statue like the Sphinx. Looking out from the eyes. Her own mind, at that point, was as small and bewildered as a little fly. Behind great battlements.” 
― M.T. Anderson, Feed


“They were men, and free. I was a woman, and a slave. And that’s a chasm no amount of sentimental chit-chat about shared imprisonment should be allowed to obscure.” 
― Pat Barker, The Silence of the Girls

“Our society’s insistence on limiting help to those who “deserve it,” as indicated by their status in the labor market, has a profound impact on the capacity of those living in deep poverty to escape … we also cannot defend the inhumane debate about who are the deserving versus the undeserving poor.” 
― Wes Moore

“The best examples for lifetime imprisonment is the God in the temple and the dead body in the cemetery” 
― P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar


“The stigma and lifelong negative bias that results from even a fleeting encounter with the criminal justice system is absolutely life changing.” 
― Wes Moore, Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City

“The State is not God. It has no right to take away that which it cannot give back, if it should so desire.” 
― Anton Chekhov, The Bet

“Be careful that the decisions that you ‘make’ are not forging the chains that you cannot ‘unmake’ because those are the chains that will eventually ‘unmake’ you.” 
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

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