Jack Henry Abbott

#51350 Jack Henry Abbott

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

Jack Henry Abbott Quotes about dead
#51351 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 Quotes about reason
#51352 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. .

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#51353 Jack Henry Abbott

I find it painful and angering to look in a mirror. .

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#51354 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. .

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#51355 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 Quotes about life
#51356 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 Quotes about life
#51357 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 Quotes about you
#51358 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 Quotes about life
#51359 Jack Henry Abbott

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

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#51360 Jack Henry Abbott

One morning I woke up and was plunged into psychological shock. I had forgotten I was free. .

Jack Henry Abbott Quotes about logic
#51361 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. .

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#51362 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 Quotes about man
#51363 Jack Henry Abbott

Nothing is over and done with. Nothing. Not even your malice. .

Jack Henry Abbott Quotes about you
#51364 Jack Henry Abbott

My eyes, my brain seek out escape routes wherever I am sent. .

Jack Henry Abbott Quotes about eyes
#51365 Jack Henry Abbott

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

Jack Henry Abbott Quotes about present
#51366 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 Quotes about past
#51367 Jack Henry Abbott

I escaped one time. In 1971 I was in the free world for six weeks. .

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