I want to feel the nearness of something secure. It is such a lonely, lost feeling that I am cut off from life. I am nothing. I belong nowhere and to no one. There is just so much hurt, disappointment and oppression one can take. The bubble of life grows larger. The line between reason and madness grows thinner.
-- Rosa Parks (4 February 1913 - 24 October 2005), African-American Civil Rights activist, in hand-written journals recently made public at the Library of Congress