109+ Best Escape Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational escape quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

Famous Escape Quotes

To run away from trouble is a form of cowardice and, while it is true that the suicide braves death, he does it not for some noble object but to escape some ill.  Aristotle

I felt a lot better. I always did, after. Killing makes me feel good. It works the knots out of darling Dexter’s dark schemata. It’s a sweet release, a necessary letting go of all the little hydraulic valves inside. 

They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.  Edgar Allan Poe

Deprived of Victim, Mom and Dad holler at each other. I turn up the music to drown out the noise.

Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history. We, of this Congress and this administration, will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass will light us down in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation.  Abraham Lincoln

But many of us seek community solely to escape the fear of being alone. Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.

Forget about what you are escaping from. Reserve your anxiety for what you are escaping to.  Michael Chabon

He believed her because here in the shadowy light of the stronghold everything seemed possible. Between the two of them they owned the world and no enemy, Gary Fulcher, Wanda Kay Moore, Janice Avery, Jess’s own fears and insufficiencies, nor any of the foes whom Leslie imagined attacking Terabithia, could ever really defeat them.

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.  Abraham Lincoln

I made a lot of exits through side doors, down fire escapes or over rooftops. I abandoned more wardrobes in the course of five years than most men acquire in a lifetime. I was slipperier than a buttered escargot.

The part always has a tendency to reunite with its whole in order to escape from its imperfection.  Leonardo da Vinci

I don’t know what you mean. I see nobody. I see nothing. I never have. I think you’re cruel. I don’t like you!’ Then, after this deliverance, which might have been that of a vulgarly pert little girl in the street, she hugged Mrs. Grose more closely and buried in her skirts the dreadful little face. In this position she produced an almost furious wail. Take me away, take me away oh, take me away from her!

To escape criticism  do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.  Elbert Hubbard

The past can be escaped only by embracing something better, and he figured that was what she’d done

There is no escaping from ourselves. The human dilemma is as it has always been, and we solve nothing fundamental by cloaking ourselves in technological glory.  Neil Postman

With a sense of loss we recall the important tasks that have been shunted aside. We realize that we’ve become slaves to the tyranny of the urgent. Is there any escape from this pattern of living? The answer lies in the life of our Lord.

Every time you think of escaping mentally or physically, grab the book that lies inches away from your heart.  Muna Adnan Naqi

For ‘tis most sweet to escape oneself scot free, And yet to bring disaster to a friend Is grievous.

If I’m free, it’s because I’m always running.  Jimi Hendrix

Jess drew the way some people drank whiskey. The peace would start at the top of his muddled brain and seep down through his tired and tensed up body. Lord, he loved to draw.

No escaping when I start, once I’m in I own your heart. Adam Lambert

The light changed; she turned onto the highway and was free of the city. No one, she thought, can catch me now; they don’t even know which way I’m going.

When the eternal and the human meet, that’s where love is born  not through escaping our humanity or trying to disappear into transcendence, but through finding that place where they come into union. Adyashanti

That education didn’t mean smart. He had a point. Nothing in my education or knowledge of the future had helped me to escape. Yet in a few years an illiterate runaway named Harriet Tubman would make nineteen trips into this country and lead three hundred fugitives to freedom.

The contradiction is this: man rejects the world as it is, without accepting the necessity of escaping it. In fact, men cling to the world and by far the majority do not want to abandon it.  Albert Camus

Promise me absolutely that you will leave, as fast as you can, if you begin to feel the house catching at you.

The real test of a bridge player isn’t in keeping out of trouble, but in escaping once he’s in. Alfred Sheinwold

As a kind of castaway myself, I was happy to escape into the fictional world of someone else’s trouble.

The first time that you escape from home or the small town that you live in  there’s a reason a small town is called a small town: It’s because not many people want to live there.  Billie Joe Armstrong

But from the first months of his wife’s pregnancy, something new, unpleasant, depressing, and unseemly, and from which there was no way of escape, unexpectedly showed itself.

It is vain for the coward to flee; death follows close behind; it is only by defying it that the brave escape.  Voltaire

When we become aware that we do not have to escape our pains, but that we can mobilize them into a common search for life, those very pains are transformed from expressions of despair into signs of hope.

It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape.  Thomas Jefferson

Where are you planning to sleep, the Arctic Circle?’ she asked. I thought, There or maybe the Peruvian Andes, since that’s where Dad once camped. I started to keep a notebook called How to Survive in the Wild.

Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice.  Ayn Rand

Junior, Talloi, and I listened to rap music, trying to memorize the lyrics so that we could avoid thinking about the situation at hand.

The omnipotence of evil has never resulted in anything but fruitless efforts. Our thoughts always escape from whoever tries to smother them.  Victor Hugo

All right, folks. Let’s finish quickly. 

It is always fair sailing, when you escape evil.  Sophocles

It was gorgeous and claustrophobic. I loved it and I always wanted to escape.

Escaping into a film is not like escaping into a book. Books force you to give something back to them, to exercise your intelligence and imagination, where as you can watch a film and even enjoy it-in a state of mindless passivity.  Paul Auster

I am not looking to escape the pressure. I am embracing it. Pressure is what builds up in the chamber behind a bullet before it explodes out of the gun.

No idea can succeed except at the expense of sacrifice; no one ever escapes without enduring strain from the struggle of life.  Ernest Renan

I asked him the circumstances of his being in LA in 1944. ‘I was arrested in Arizona, the joint absolutely the worst joint I’ve ever been in. I had to escape and pulled the greatest escape in my life, speaking of escapes, you see, in a general way.

Useless pursuits and conversations always about the same things absorb the better part of one’s time, the better part of one’s strength, and in the end there is left a life groveling and curtailed, worthless and trivial, and there is no escaping or getting away from it  just as though one were in a madhouse or prison. Anton Chekhov

When a house is on fire, you run out before the roof collapses on your head.

You don’t need to know what you’re escaping from to become a fugitive.  Bella Pollen

It quickly became my way out; my escape from captivity. I didn’t have to live inside my pain anymore.

To me, music was about being accepted and escaping from this crummy existence.  Billy Corgan

Stay away from the ones you love too much. Those are the ones who will kill you.

I clung to my rusted dreams during the times of silence. It was at gunpoint that I fell into every hope and allowed myself to wish from the deepest part of my heart. Komorov thought he was torturing us. But we were escaping into a stillness within ourselves. We found strength here.

Getting hurt and narrowly escaping death is sort of a thing for me.  Channing Tatum

The blur of looming evergreens zipped by me so quickly it was as though they were never really there at all. Sometimes I felt just like those trees, rooted in mud with no escape, while my life sat in a car and passed me by.

Escape brings not victory and the crown.  Sri Aurobindo

I could live inside my books, each one taking me further and further away from the barred windows that held me prisoner.

No one can escape life’s pain. That’s life.  Pierce Brosnan

The old king was very angry, and wanted to punish his wicked sons; but they made their escape , and got into a ship and sailed away over the wide sea, and where they went to nobody knew and nobody cared.

Faces that have charmed us the most escape us the soonest.  Walter Scott

Suicide only precipitates a darker continuation of the same conditions from which escape was sought. A condition under circumstances so much more painful.

Love is the missing factor; there is a lack of affection, of warmth in relationship; and because we lack that love, that tenderness, that generosity, that mercy in a relationship, we escape into mass action, which produces further confusion, further misery.  Jiddu Krishnamurti

There are those whose own vulgar normality is so apparent and stultifying that they strive to escape it.

Hiding places there are innumerable, escape is only one, but possibilities of escape, again, are as many as hiding places.  Franz Kafka

I didn’t go to the moon, I went much further for time is the longest distance between two places.

Once a word has been allowed to escape, it cannot be recalled.  Horace

And there were so many boats. Isabel’s family had worked in secret all night with the Castillos, worried someone might hear them, but apparently, everybody else had been doing the same thing. There were inflatable rafts, Canoes with homemade outriggers. Rafts made of inner tubes tied together.

When you play against dirty players or very tough players, it’s easy to escape because you know what they’re going to do. But when the player is tough but intelligent, it’s much more difficult.  Pele

You knew all along that your sanctioned world was only half the world and you tried to suppress the second half the way the priests and teachers do. You won’t succeed. No one succeeds in this once he has begun to think.

If you should escape the censure of others, hope not to escape your own. Henry Home

We need the possibility of escape as surely as we need hope; without it the life of the cities would drive all men into crime or drugs or psychoanalysis.

There’s no escaping fate, it just keeps going. Day and night, the future just keeps coming at you.  Chuck Palahniuk

We have a wider scope, greater variety of choice, and wider interests than an animal. But we, too, are confined to a relatively narrow compass which we cannot break out of.

A man has only one escape from his old self: to see a different self in the mirror of some woman’s eyes.  Clare Boothe Luce

I was in the hands of fate and it was useless to try to escape.

Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.  Lloyd Alexander

Two hundred and six were slain during the Joker’s escape from the David Endocrine show including host Endocrine and Dr Bartholomew Wolper. The joker reportedly used his deadly smile on the crowd. Commissioner Yindel refused to comment on this, or on the escape of the Batman, which left twelve police officers hospitalized.

Drugs are marvelous if you want to escape, but reality is so rich, why escape?  Geraldine Chaplin

All human authority, however organized, must have confined limits, or insolence and oppression will prove the offspring of its grandeur, and the difficulty or rather impossibility of escape prevents resistance.

We don’t create a fantasy world to escape reality, we create it to be able to stay. I believe we have always done this, used images to stand and understand what otherwise would be intolerable.  Lynda Barry

I hate this. Whenever we jail him, I think ‘Please God, keep him there.’ Then he escapes and we all sit round hoping he won’t do anything too awful this time.

I don’t believe one reads to escape reality. A person reads to confirm a reality he knows is there, but which he has not experienced.  Lawrence Durrell

Oh, my brother, an insult has been put on me that is deeper than my life. For on the beach my canoe is broken, my house is burned, and in the brush a dead man lies. Every escape is cut off. You must hide us, my brother.

Escapism isn’t good or bad in itself. What is important is what you are escaping from and where you are escaping to.  Terry Pratchett

The book takes a surprising turn after the teens escape the school and go on a journey to look for freedom. The hardships that they face is unbelievable since the Phalange who is a fascist organization in power seeks to kill them.

Think you’re escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.  James Joyce

The ponies were exhausted and their coats were heavy with water, but they were free, free, free!

You can not escape a prison if you do not know you’re in one.  Vernon Howard

And the flamingo? Although there were records of unconfirmed sightings, no one knew if he was dead or alive!

Girls are the best readers in the world. Reading is really a way of kind of escaping so deeply into yourself and pursuing your own thoughts within the construct of a story.  Caitlin Flanagan

She was beginning to feel as if an escape door had appeared before her, and if she waited any longer, it might disappear forever. But she couldn’t go without Stella. She’d never been without her sister and part of her wondered if she could even survive the separation.

One of the greatest obstacles to escaping poverty is the staggering cost of higher education.  Chris Van Hollen

But when the Nazis arrive to claim prisoners of war, she takes her chance and flees into the night, taking one patient with her.

Of all escape mechanisms, death is the most efficient.  Henry Ward Beecher

I loved escaping from reality, especially during times of trouble. Stories made everything possible.

People have learned to escape Reality very well but too often lose their way back. Eugene J. Martin

It was his solemn duty to appear in the corridor once a week, and to gibber from the large oriel window on the first and third Wednesdays in every  month, and he did not see how he could honorably escape from his obligations. It is quite true that his life had been very evil, but, upon the other hand, he was most conscientious in all things connected with the supernatural.

Imagination should be used, not to escape reality but to create it. Colin Wilson

The journey to those feared mountains, however, was not as tortuous as it might have been. Although now doubly shackled to prevent further escape, the prisoners were hauled upon three buffalo driven wagons.

The only way to escape the abyss is to look at it, gauge it, sound it out and descend into it.  Cesare Pavese

In one gulp he swallowed all the little red fish. Only Swimmy escaped.

The only way to escape the personal corruption of praise is to go on working.  Albert Einstein

This book has twelve stories about Polly and how she always managed to escape from the wolf by being cleverer than he was which wasn’t very difficult because he was generally not at all clever. In fact he was rather stupid.

If you think you’re free, there’s no escape possible.  Ram Dass

But despite his careful attention, Goldie escapes one winter night, and is not seen for some time. When she returns, she has a surprise for Benjy, and eventually, for Slim

With some people solitariness is an escape not from others but from themselves. For they see in the eyes of others only a reflection of themselves.  Eric Hoffer

The situation was desperate, but with each narrow escape I was getting more and more weary of the whole business. I just wanted this wild adventure to end, even if it ended in capture.

There is no escape. We pay for the violence of our ancestors.  Frank Herbert

Well, I don’t know how you expect to escape that way!’ he said. You’ll have to come down the steps again, and I shall be waiting here to catch you. Then what a spanking you’ll get!

I don’t know how prisoners of war are ever heroes unless they escape. Gore Vidal