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"Palestinians caged up like animals." - Chuck Hagel

"We are most artistically caged." - Vladimir Nabokov

"I know why the caged bird sings." - Maya Angelou

"I know why the caged bird sings!" - Paul Laurence Dunbar

"I felt caged by my childhood." - Christina Aguilera

"Caged birds sing of freedom, free birds fly." - Thorolf Rafto

"A caged canary is safe but not free." - Walter E. Williams

"But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams." - Maya Angelou

"I know what the caged bird feels, alas!" - Paul Laurence Dunbar

"We think caged birds sing, when indeed they cry." - John Webster

"The joy of a caged bird was in her voice." - Oscar Wilde

"The horror of being caged has lost its thrill." - Philip Roth

"My devil had been long caged, he came out roaring" - Robert Louis Stevenson

"It would be ugly to watch people poking sticks at a caged rat. It is uglier still to watch rats poking sticks at a caged person." - Jean Harris

"The beast in me Is caged by frail and fragile bars." - Johnny Cash

"Caged birds accept each other, but flight is what they long for." - Tennessee Williams

"Like a wild animal, the truth is too powerful to remain caged." - Veronica Roth

"Wilt thou have music? Hark, Apollo plays, And twenty caged nightingales do sing." - William Shakespeare

"When I have a girlfriend, I feel caged in, I don't know why" - Scott Baio

"We live like caged beasts waiting for the day to let the rage free." - Tupac Shakur

"Let people hide in their homes, caged like chickens. Cowards deserve no better." - Peter V. Brett

"There is nothing like the bootless solitude of those who are caged together." - Iris Murdoch

"Genghis Miliband roars up to the despatch box like a caged donkey." - Andy Zaltzman

"(Hezekiah) himself, like a caged bird, I shut up in Jerusalem, his royal city." - Sennacherib

"The girl laughed again. The joy of a caged bird was in her voice." - Oscar Wilde

"When I have a girlfriend, I feel caged in, I don't know why." - Scott Baio

"The rise of computer crime and armed robbery has not eliminated the lure of caged cash." - James Chiles

"In jail I was just like everybody else, I was sitting there praying, feeling caged." - Dennis Rodman

"Who can estimate the wealth of worth caged in a little child?" - Evangeline Booth

"The caged bird sings with a fearful trill, of things unknown, but longed for still, and his tune is heard on the distant hill, for the caged bird sings of freedom." - Maya Angelou

"The caged bird sings with a fearful trill, of things unknown, but longed for still, and his tune is heard on the distant hill, for the caged bird sings of freedom." - Maya Angelou

"The caged eagle become a metaphor for all forms of isolation, the ultimate in imprisonment. A zoo is prison." - Nadine Gordimer

"Most of us still caged within careers chosen for us by our not entirely worldly 18-22 year old selves." - Alain De Botton

"I have to remind myself that some birds are' meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright." - Stephen King

"I have to remind myself that some birds aren't meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright." - Stephen King

"That was what happened to laughter when you caged it. It became unbearably sad. It was worse than crying." - Isobelle Carmody

"But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream his wings are clipped and his feed are tied so his opens his throat to sing. The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant ill for the caged bird sings of freedom. from Caged Bird" - Maya Angelou

"The Gospel is like a caged lion; you don't have to defend it - just let it out of the cage." - Charles Spurgeon

"The Gospel is like a caged lion. It does not need to be defended, it just needs to be let out of its cage." - Charles Spurgeon

"Saddam was tranquillised when captured ... He would be a lion even when caged. Every honest person who knows Saddam knows that he is firm and powerful." - Raghad Hussein

"As for politics, I'm an anarchist. I hate governments and rules and fetters. Ca' stand caged animals. People must be free." - Charlie Chaplin

"It is likely to make us think we are not caged. We cannot feel the bars unless we push against them." - Erin Morgenstern

"A caged canary is secure; but it is not free. It is easier for free men to resist terrorism from afar than tyranny from within." - Chuck Baldwin

"As for politics, I'm an anarchist. I hate governments and rules and fetters. Can't stand caged animals. People must be free." - Charlie Chaplin

"Insanity is coasting through life in a miserable existence when you have a caged lion locked inside and the key to release it." - Morgan Freeman

"I wouldn't steal anything because stealing is wrong. If I had to, I'd steal a caged bird and set it free." - Arthur Darvill

"We are caged by our cultural programming. Culture is a mass hallucination, and when you step outside the mass hallucination you see it for what it's worth." - Terence Mckenna

"What is this poetry ? A mortal mind Made visible;a caged bird? Nay more:it is a spiritleft behind Nailed by the piercing word." - William Soutar

"The compelled mother loves her child as the caged bird sings. The song does not justify the cage nor the love the enforcement." - Germaine Greer

"Some of the snowballs have a kind of animal energy. Not just because of the materials inside them, but in the way that they appear caged, captured." - Andy Goldsworthy

"Usually when you see females in movies, they feel like they have these metallic structures around them, they are caged in by male energy." - Bjork

"I don't want food that comes from animals that are caged up and fed antibiotics. I am really suspicious of that kind of production of meat and poultry." - Alice Waters

"I always felt caged, closed in, like I was punching at things that weren't there. I always had too much energy for the room I was in." - Angelina Jolie

"I know why the caged bird sings, ah me, When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore,- When he beats his bars and would be free; It is not a carol of joy or glee, But a prayer that he sends from his heart's deep core, But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings- I know why the caged bird sings!" - Paul Laurence Dunbar

"I have to remind myself that some birds aren't meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice." - Morgan Freeman

"No bird in a cage ever speaks. What is there to say? The sky is everywhere, churning above its head, blue and endless, calling out to it. But the caged bird can't answer anything except 'I cannot'." - Sonya Hartnett

"At present I feel like a caged animal, bound up by the luxury, comfort and respectability of my position. I can't get the training that I want without neglecting my duty." - Beatrice Webb

"Learn the principle, abide by the principle, and dissolve the principle. In short, enter a mold without being caged in it. Obey the principle without being bound by it. Learn, master, and achieve." - Bruce Lee

"Mom and Dad had a lot to answer for, she decided. She could' even be rude to evil vampires who"d caged her boyfriend and were preparing to roast him alive." - Rachel Caine

"I have been called a Rogue Elephant, a Cannibal Shark, and a crocodile. I am none the worse. I remain a caged, and rather sardonic, lion, in a particularly contemptible and ill-run zoo." - Wyndham Lewis

"In the invincible and indescribable squalor of Harlem ... I was tormented. I felt caged, like an animal. I wanted to escape. I felt if I did not get out I would slowly strangle." - James A Baldwin

"Liberty cannot be caged into a charter or handed on ready-made to the next generation. Each generation must recreate liberty for its own times. Whether or not we establish freedom rests with ourselves." - Florence Ellinwood Allen

"I was sentenced to life plus 30 years by an all-White jury. What I saw in prison was wall-to-wall Black flesh in chains. Women caged in cells. But we're the terrorists. It just doesn't make sense." - Assata Shakur

"New York rose out of the water like a great wave that found it impossible to return again and so remained there in horror, peering out of the million windows man had caged it with." - Djuna Barnes

"Chad had prowled over to her, and she felt good caged in between those powerful arms, but when he kissed her flushed forehead and then the tip of her nose, she lost a little of herself forever." - J. Lynn

"Mom and Dad had a lot to answer for, she decided. She couldn't even be rude to evil vampires who'd caged her boyfriend and were preparing to roast him alive." - Rachel Caine

"With all our crime and all our immorality ... and about as much contentment and respose as a fresh-caged hyena, we go to tell the whole world: we are the only one with the right idea!" - Will Rogers

"You're going to be roped! And you're going to be caged! And, as for your dust speck - hah! That we shall boil in a hot steaming kettle of Beezle-Nut Oil!" - Dr. Seuss

"We lived like that Happy Family you sometimes see in traveling zoos: a lion caged with a lamb. It is a startling exhibit but the lamb has to be replaced frequently." - Robert A Heinlein

"But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing." - Maya Angelou

"...and the most intense desire gave force to her passionate words as the girl glanced despairingly about the dreary room like a caged creature on the point of breaking loose." - Louisa May Alcott

"I'm a hard guy to live with. I'm like a caged animal. I'm up all night walking around the living room. It's hard for me to come down from what I do." - Jim Carrey

"And sometimes, he was less lucid. He'd run around his cell like a caged animal; he'd rock back and forth; he'd swing from topic to topic as if it was the only way to cross the jungle of his thoughts." - Jodi Picoult

"I was gladly cuffed, shackled, loaded into the caged bus and driven through the main gate of Bare Hill Correctional Facility for what I pray to God will be forever." - Jack Carroll

"Caged Bird A free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream till the current ends and dips his wing in the orange suns rays and dares to claim the sky. But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage can seldom see through his bars of rage his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing. The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom. The free bird thinks of another breeze and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn and he names the sky his own. But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing. The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom." - Maya Angelou

"I was asked by the National Institute of Health to be their scientific discussant on the effects of these drug [Ritalin] at a big conference they held. Beforehand, I reviewed all of the important literature on the issue. Even with experiments on animals. When they're given these drugs they stop playing; they stop being curious; they stop socializing; they stop trying to escape. We make good caged animals with these drugs. And we make good caged kids by knocking their spontaneity out of them. And, Michael, the other thing is that these drugs enforce obsessive behavior." - Peter Breggin

"You're crowding me. I need- room."... What I needed were boundaries. I needed willpower. I needed to be caged up, since yet again I was proving I couldn't be trusted in Patch's presence. I should have been bolting for the door, and yet ... I wasn't." - Becca Fitzpatrick

"In my low periods, I wondered what was the point of creating art. For whom? Are we animating God? Are we talking to ourselves? And what was the ultimate goal? To have one's work caged in art's great zoos - the Modern, the Met, the Louvre?" - Patti Smith

"The Hell of Regret He who wins the race cannot run with the pack. And once you get out you can't come back, because caged lions don't mate with free ones! If ever you are going to win, you must forsake the social construct of the cage and all the cage dwellers." - T D Jakes

"Men may dam it and say that they have made a lake, but it will still be a river. It will keep its nature and bide its time, like a caged animal alert for the slightest opening. In time, it will have its way; the dam, like the ancient cliffs, will be carried away piecemeal in the currents." - Wendell Berry

"The greater the mental charlatan, the more definite his insistence on the wickedness and weaknesses of human nature. Yet how can anyone speak of it today, with every soul in a prison, with every heart fettered, wounded, and maimed?... With human nature caged in a narrow space, whipped daily into submission, how can we speak of its potentialities?" - Emma Goldman

"John Burroughs has stated that experimental study of animals in captivity is absolutely useless. Their character, their habits, their appetites undergo a complete transformation when torn from their soil in field and forest. With human nature caged in a narrow space, whipped daily into submission, how can we speak of its potentialities?" - Emma Goldman

"We all have our routines," he said softly."But they must have a purpose and provide an outcome that we can see and take some comfort from, or else they have no use at all. Without that, they are like the endless pacings of a caged animal. If they are not madness itself, then they are a prelude to it." - John Connolly

"Relaxing your hair is like being in prison. You're caged in. Your hair rules you. You didn't go running with Curt today because you don't want to sweat out this straightness. You're always battling to make your hair do what it wasn't meant to do." - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

"My body cheerfully informed me that he felt really good pressed against me like that, all hard muscles and smooth contours and ominous bulges. My body liked the air of barely leashed strength and caged mayhem he was giving off. My body thought he smelled really good, like heat and coffee and electricity. My body was going to get me killed." - Karen Chance

"He has tears in his eyes now. The sight is more than I can bear. He takes two steps away from me and then turns back like a caged animal. "Do you even love me?" he suddenly asks. He grips both of my shoulders. "I've said it to you before, and I still mean it. But I've never heard it from you." - Marie Lu

"Coerced innocence is like an imprisoned lark, - open the door, and it is off forever. The bird that roams through the sky and the groves unrestrained knows how to dodge the hawk and protect itself; but the caged one, the moment it leaves its bars and bolts behind, is pounced upon by the fowler or the vulture." - Thomas Chandler Haliburton

"You're crowding me. I need- room."... What I needed were boundaries. I needed willpower. I needed to be caged up, since yet again I was proving I could' be trusted in Patch's presence. I should have been bolting for the door, and yet ... I was'." - Becca Fitzpatrick

"Men have hitherto treated women like birds which have strayed down to them from the heights; as something more delicate, more fragile, more savage, stranger, sweeter, soulful-but as something which has to be caged up so that it shall not fly away." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"I have read in books that we are called 'caged birds'. I cannot speak for others, but I had so much in this cage of mine that there was not room for it in the universe- at least that is what I then felt." - Rabindranath Tagore

"Coerced innocence is like an imprisoned lark,-open the door, and it is off forever. The bird that roams through the sky and the groves unrestrained knows how to dodge the hawk and protect itself; but the caged one, the moment it leaves its bars and bolts behind, is pounced upon by the fowler or the vulture." - Thomas Chandler Haliburton

"Human relationships are patterned and cross-patterned and restricted and limited and delimited and caged and freed again by the elaborate conventions, rules and games which we call civilisation. They're often absurd and farcical, and sometimes they're tragic, yet we acknowledge that they are necessary." - Peter Greenaway

"The zoo is a prison for animals who have been sentenced without trial and I feel guilty because I do nothing about it. I wanted to see an oyster-catcher, so I was no better than the people who caged the oyster-catcher for me to see." - Russell Hoban

"A life on the ocean wave! A home on the rolling deep, Where the scattered waters rave, And the winds their revels keep! Like an eagle caged I pine On this dull unchanging shore: Oh give me the flashing brine, The spray and the tempest's roar!" - Epes Sargent

"I call them [Miss Flite's birds] the Wards in Jarndyce. They are caged up with all the others. With Hope, Joy, Youth, Peace, Rest, Life, Dust, Ashes, Waste, Want, Ruin, Despair, Madness, Death, Cunning, Folly, Words, Wigs, Rags, Sheepskin, Plunder, Precedent, Jargon, Gammon, and Spinach!" - Charles Dickens

"Tell me why the caged bird nutters against its prison bars, and I will tell you why the soul sickens of earthliness. The bird has wings, and wings were made to cleave the air, and soar in freedom in the sun. The soul is immortal - it cannot feed upon husks." - Randolph Sinks Foster

"The girl laughed again. The joy of a caged bird was in her voice. Her eyes caught the melody and echoed it in radiance, then closed for a moment, as though to hide their secret. When they opened, the mist of a dream had passed across them." - Oscar Wilde

"He has tears in his eyes now. The sight is more than I can bear. He takes two steps away from me and then turns back like a caged animal. "Do you even love me?" he suddenly asks. He grips both of my shoulders. "I"ve said it to you before, and I still mean it. But I"ve never heard it from you." - Marie Lu

"I know why the caged bird sings, ah me, When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore, When he beats his bars and he would be free; It is not a carol of joy or glee, But a prayer that he sends from his heart's deep core." - Paul Laurence Dunbar

"Tell me why the caged bird nutters against its prison bars, and I will tell you why the soul sickens of earthliness. The bird has wings, and wings were made to cleave the air, and soar in freedom in the sun. The soul is immortal it cannot feed upon husks." - Randolph Sinks Foster

"Islam was like a mental cage. At first, when you open the door, the caged bird stays inside: it is frightened. It has internalized its imprisonment. It takes time for bird to escape, even after someone has opened the doors to its cage." - Ayaan Hirsi Ali

"The truth is I love being alive. And I love feeling free. So if I can't have those things then I feel like a caged animal and I'd rather not be in a cage. I'd rather be dead. And it's real simple. And I think it's not that uncommon." - Angelina Jolie

""And when you had made sure of the poor little fool," said my aunt - "God forgive me that I should call her so, and she gone where YOU won't go in a hurry - because you had not done wrong enough to her and hers, you must begin to train her, must you? begin to break her, like a poor caged bird, and wear her deluded life away, in teaching her to sing YOUR notes?"" - Charles Dickens

"The experience of oppressed people is that the living of one's life is confined and shaped by forces and barriers which are not accidental or occasional and hence avoidable, but are systematically related to each other in such a way as to catch one between and among them and restrict or penalize motion in any direction. It is the experience of being caged in: all avenues, in every direction, are blocked or booby trapped." - Marilyn Frye

"Bernard Williams has been a distinctive presence on the intellectual scene for more than three decades. . . . His writings do not offer the dubious exhilaration of grand philosophical theory, in which messy reality is tamed and caged, but the thrill of seeing pretension punctured by a kind of high-voltage common sense (backed up by impressive erudition). . . . There is no one in philosophy quite like him." - Colin McGinn

"Do anything but love; or if thou lovest and art a woman, hide thy love from him whom thou dost worship; never let him know how dear he is; flit like a bird before him; lead him from tree to tree, from flower to flower; but be not won, or thou wilt, like that bird, when caught and caged, be left to pine neglected and perish in forgetfulness." - Letitia Elizabeth Landon

"The gospel is like a caged lion,' said the great baptist preacher Charles Spurgeon. 'It does not need to be defended, it simply needs to be let out of it's cage' Today, the cage is our accommodation to the secular/sacred split that reduces Christianity to a matter of personal belief. To unlock the cage, we need to become utterly convinced that, as Francis Schaeffer said, Christianity is not merely religious truth, it is total truth- truth about the whole of reality." - Nancy Pearcey

"The experience of oppressed people is that the living of one's life is confined and shaped by forces and barriers which are not accidental or occasional and hence avoidable, but are systematically related to each other in such a way as to catch one between and among them and restrict or penalize motion in any direction. It is the experience of being caged in: all avenues, in every direction, are blocked or booby trapped." - Marilyn Frye

"Some birds are not meant to be caged, that's all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure." - Stephen King

"Count yourself lucky. I watched my entire family as they were eaten alive by the very pack of animals you have downstairs in your house with your child. The blood of my parents flowed from their bodies through the floorboards and drenched me while I lay in terror of being torn apart by them. I was only a year older than your child when it happened. My parents gave their lives for mine and I watched as they gave them. So you"ll have to excuse me if I have a hard time thinking good of any animal except those who are dead or caged. (Angelia)" - Sherrilyn Kenyon

"Count yourself lucky. I watched my entire family as they were eaten alive by the very pack of animals you have downstairs in your house with your child. The blood of my parents flowed from their bodies through the floorboards and drenched me while I lay in terror of being torn apart by them. I was only a year older than your child when it happened. My parents gave their lives for mine and I watched as they gave them. So you'll have to excuse me if I have a hard time thinking good of any animal except those who are dead or caged. (Angelia)" - Sherrilyn Kenyon

"This was the shocking thing; that the slime of the pit seemed to utter cries and voices; that the amorphous dust gesticulated and sinned; that what was dead, and had no shape, should usurp the offices of life. And this again, that that insurgent horror was knit to him closer than a wife, closer than an eye; lay caged in his flesh, where he heard it mutter and felt it struggle to be born; and at every hour of weakness, and in the confidence of slumber, prevailed against him, and deposed him out of life." - Robert Louis Stevenson

"What frightens you? What makes the hair on your arms rise, your palms sweat, the breath catch in your chest like a wild thing caged? Is it the dark? A fleeting memory of a bedtime story, ghosts and goblins and witches hiding in the shadows? Is it the way the wind picks up just before a storm, the hint of wet in the air that makes you want to scurry home to the safety of your fire? Or is it something deeper, something much more frightening, a monster deep inside that you've glimpsed only in pieces, the vast unknown of your own soul where secrets gather with a terrible power, the dark inside?" - Libba Bray



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