"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."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Jack Henry Abbott on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Jack Henry Abbott on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Jack Henry Abbott on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Jack Henry Abbott on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Jack Henry Abbott on Abraham Lincoln
"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."
"One morning I woke up and was plunged into psychological shock. I had forgotten I was free."