„By the way, a gendarme assured me this is not a prison.“

Source: The Enormous Room

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American poet 1894 - 1962

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„Persistent prophecy is a familiar way of assuring the event.“

—  George Gissing, book The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft

Summer, § VII, p. 89
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Context: This writer, who is horribly perspicacious and vigorous, demonstrates the certainty of a great European war, and regards it with the peculiar satisfaction excited by such things in a certain order of mind. His phrases about "dire calamity" and so on mean nothing; the whole tenor of his writing proves that he represents, and consciously, one of the forces which go to bring war about; his part in the business is a fluent irresponsibility, which casts scorn on all who reluct at the "inevitable." Persistent prophecy is a familiar way of assuring the event.

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„Prison is an expensive way of making bad people worse.“

—  Douglas Hurd British Conservative politician and novelist 1930

Hurd takes on prison reform trust http://www.independent.co.uk/news/hurd-takes-on-prison-reform-trust-1283200.html (15 January 1997)

„Routine is not a prison, but the way to freedom from time.“

—  May Sarton American poet, novelist, and memoirist 1912 - 1995

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„Indeed your loveliness assures me of a kind and tender heart within.“

—  Apollonius of Rhodes, book Argonautica

Original: (el) Ἦ γὰρ ἔοικας
ἐκ μορφῆς ἀγανῇσιν ἐπητείῃσι κεκάσθαι.
Source: Argonautica (3rd century BC), Book III. Jason and Medea, Lines 1006–1007; Jason to Medea.

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„Show me a prison, show me a jail
Show me a pris'ner whose face has grown pale“

—  Phil Ochs American protest singer and songwriter 1940 - 1976

"There but for Fortune" (1963); Ochs here paraphrases a proverbial expression "There, but for the grace of God, go I", which was itself a paraphrase of John Bradford's expression on seeing other prisoners being led to their execution as heretics to be burned at the stake: There, but for the grace of God, goes John Bradford. (as quoted in Problems in the Relations of God and Man (1911) by Clement Charles Julian Webb, p. 107)
Context: Show me a prison, show me a jail
Show me a pris'ner whose face has grown pale
And I'll show you a young man
With many reasons why
There but for fortune, go you or I.

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„Much suspected by me,
Nothing proved can be,
Quoth Elizabeth prisoner.“

—  Elizabeth I of England Queen regnant of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until 1603 1533 - 1603

Written with a diamond on her window at Woodstock (1555), published in Acts and Monuments (1563) by John Foxe.

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„Eisenhower used to tell me that this place was a prison. I never felt freer.“

—  Lyndon B. Johnson American politician, 36th president of the United States (in office from 1963 to 1969) 1908 - 1973

As quoted in "What a Real President Was Like: To Lyndon Johnson, the Great Society Meant Hope and Dignity" http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/washingtonpost/doc/307079109.html?FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&date=Nov+13%2C+1988&author=Moyers%2C+Bill+D&desc=What+a+Real+President+Was+Like%3B+To+Lyndon+Johnson%2C+the+Great+Society+Meant+Hope+and+Dignity, by Bill Moyers, The Washington Post (13 November 1988).

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„Can no way be found by which every man may be assured of what, let us remember, Tolstoy always had“

—  Robert Hunter (author) American sociologist, author, golf course architect 1874 - 1942

Source: Why We Fail as Christians (1919), p. 80
Context: Can no way be found by which every man may be assured of what, let us remember, Tolstoy always had, a wife and children, a good bed, a safe and warm sheltering roof, proper clothes, some leisure and peace for the improvement of the mind, a few books and pictures, a little music, and best of all, no fear for his old age and no dread of want for himself or his loved ones?... Such a way was found in the communism of the early Christians.

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„Hither, thither, masterless
Ship upon the sea,
Wandering through the ways of air,
Go the birds like me.
Bound am I by ne’er a bond,
Prisoner to no key,
Questing go I for my kind,
Find depravity.“

—  Archpoet 12th century poet 1130 - 1165

Feror ego veluti
sine nauta navis,
ut per vias aeris
vaga fertur avis,
non me tenent vincula,
non me tenet clavis,
Quęro mihi similes,
et adiungor pravis.
Original: (la) Feror ego veluti<br/>sine nauta navis,<br/>ut per vias aeris<br/>vaga fertur avis,<br/>non me tenent vincula,<br/>non me tenet clavis,<br/>Quęro mihi similes,<br/>et adiungor pravis.
Source: "Confession", Line 17

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„As you look at me and listen to me, please remember the often repeated truth that one prisoner of conscience is one too many.“

—  Aung San Suu Kyi State Counsellor of Myanmar and Leader of the National League for Democracy 1945

Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech (2012)

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„The redemption of mankind, by whatever means, was assured for the future. It was, in fact, assured by the future.“

—  Reinhold Niebuhr American protestant theologian 1892 - 1971

Faith and History: A Comparison of Christian and Modern Views of History (1949)
Context: The fact that the prevailing mood of modern culture was able to transmute the original pessimism of romanticism into an optimistic creed proves the power of this mood. Only occasionally the original pessimism erupts in full vigor, as in the thought of a Schopenhauer or Nietzsche. The subjugation of romantic pessimism, together with the transmutation of Marxist catastrophism establishes historical optimism far beyond the confines of modern rationalism. Though there are minor dissonances the whole chorus of modern culture learned to sing the new song of hope in remarkable harmony. The redemption of mankind, by whatever means, was assured for the future. It was, in fact, assured by the future.

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