Jack Henry Abbott Quotes & Sayings

18 most famous Jack Henry Abbott quotes and sayings (author). These are the first 10 quotes we have.

Jack Henry Abbott Quotes
“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
“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 Quotes
“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.”
Jack Henry Abbott Quotes
“I find it painful and angering to look in a mirror.”
Jack Henry Abbott Quotes
“As long as I am nothing but a ghost of the civil dead, I can do nothing.”
Jack Henry Abbott Quotes
“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
“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.”
“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
“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
“To be in prison so long, it's difficult to remember exactly what you did to get there.”

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