Jack Henry Abbott Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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