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24 March 2007



On the theme of chained:

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our minds.

Bob Marley, Redemption Song


It is often safer to be in chains than to be free.
Franz Kafka


A man who is 'of sound mind' is one who keeps the inner madman under lock and key.
Paul Valery (1871 - 1945)

Jenny Raye

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
Helen Keller (1880 - 1968)


“Loyalty to petrified opinion never broke a chain or freed a human soul.” Mark Twain


Those who do not move do not notice their chains. - Rosa Luxemberg

margaret in manhattan

chain, chain, chain ... chain of fools - Aretha Franklin


Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


I was going to submit "Chain, chain, chain..." but Margaret already has. I second her!!


Through those doors, I must go...


slightly-opened door
a sliver of cold green-gray
reveals an iron gate


"Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together”

~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe~


For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

Nelson Mandela

Lauren Zimmermann

"You have nothing to loose but your chains. But I don't happen to agree.
If chained is where you have been, your arms will always bear the marks of the shackles. What you have to loose is your story, your slant own slant. You 'll look at the scars and see mere ugliness, or you will take great care to look away from them and see nothing. Either way you have no words for the story of whre you come from. "
From the Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver


"If you can't leave me alone to knit, I'll lock that damn door."

Carrie, to her husband


"No you can't come back into the house. I told you to go play outside so I could have some time to myself. Don't come home until suppertime."



After she threw the key out the window...
"Finally," Sarah thought to herself, "I found a way to keep myself away from the 25% off sale at the LYS."


"The way is shut. It was made by those who are dead and the dead keep it. The way is shut."



When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
~Helen Keller~

Jean S

Green as I would have you.
Green wind. Green boughs.
The boat on the sea
And the horse on the mountain.
With shadow around her waist
She is at her railing, dreaming
Green flesh, green hair.

~ Frederico Garcia Lorca, from "Gypsy Ballads"


"Many of us have heard opportunity knocking at our door, but by the time we unhooked the chain, pushed back the bolt, turned two locks, and shuts off the burglar alarm - it was gone." (Author unknown)

Jenny in Jersey

"Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul".

Mark Twain


"Yet if we are bold, love strikes away the chains of fear from our souls.” Maya Angelou


"Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hate. It is a power that breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness.”


Meant to attribute my quote to William Arthur Ward.

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