Panzram is another prime example of multi-motivational, multi-attributable reprisal. When dealing with authorities of any description, individually petty-minded tyrants, you must never wait for anyone to accept responsibility, for it is against their cowardly nature to do so. You must, without hesitation or pointless consultation, confer responsibility on the obvious culprits and decide the price you will make them pay, one way or another.
In short, you must act as tyrannically as they do, but solely on your own authority. Panzram did not need to be taught this principle, of course, as you shall see. (235)
Kindness can be an extremely vicious weapon, when someone has deliberately programmed himself to deal with anything but. It sneaks through the defences like a knife between the ribs.
Quite frankly, I'd rather do without such gestures of generosity in prison, as it isn't worth the candle, and you have the trauma of having to get back into a normal character for the next run-of-the-mill, illiterate, looking-for-trouble guard or prisoner who comes along. Kindness has no place within a penal institution. It is also a sensible practice not to read any books which might induce human or altruistic sentiment. (243)
'Wake up, kid. The real truth of the matter is that I haven't the least desire to reform. It took me thirty six years to be like I am now; then how do you figure that I could, if I wanted to, change from black to white in the twinkling of an eye?' (Panzram, 250)
'Get those Bible-backed cocksuckers out of here! Now let's get going. What are we hanging around for?!'
'Yes, hurry it up, you Hoosier bastard! I could hang a dozen men while you're fooling around!'
I laugh with delight even now at Panzram's magnificent final performance on earth, full of such tremendous insolence and spirit. Those were Panzram's final words, his contemptuous goodbye to a world he loathed having to breathe in. The lever was pulled, the trapdoor opened. With that fall the world became a duller place. A great spirit had flown. A star had been extinguished. The air seemed subdued.
The value of life lies not in the length of days but in the use you make of them; he has lived for a long time who has lived little. Whether you have lived enough depends not on the number of your years but on your will. ~ Montaigne(252)