Prison

It is possible to get out of a trap. However, in order to break out of prison, one must first confess to living in a prison.

— Wilhelm Reich

Within yourself deliverance must be searched for, because each man makes his own prison.

— Sir Edwin Arnold, 1832-1904

The torment of human frustration, whatever its immediate cause, is the knowledge that the self is in prison, its vital force and mangled mind leaking away in lonely, wasteful self-conflict.

— Elizabeth Drew, Poetry: A Modern Guide to Its Understanding and Enjoyment

I have never been contained except I made the prison.

— Mary Evans, 1888-1976

Be thine own palace, or the world’s thy jail.

— John Donne

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