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Many a wise person has pondered the plight of the prisoner. From Mark Twain to Oscar Wilde to Fyodor Dostoevsky, the issue of imprisonment has inspired many heartfelt remarks. The following quotes speak to our intellect as well as our emotions. In a society that rushes to warehouse human lives, we urge you to slow down, pause, and contemplate the unique reality of imprisonment. We hope you will find yourself thinking - perhaps even feeling - that we can do better.

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He who opens a school door, closes a prison.
~Victor Hugo
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In my country we go to prison first and then become President.
~Nelson Mandela
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The whole value of solitude depends upon one’s self; it may be a sanctuary or a prison, a haven of repose or a place of punishment, a heaven or a hell, as we ourselves make it.
~John Lubbock
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The White House is the finest prison in the world.
~Harry S. Truman
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Liberty is a different kind of pain from prison.
~T. S. Eliot
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The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.
~Aung San Suu Kyi
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The mellow sweetness of pumpkin pie off a prison spoon is something you will never forget.
~Mitchell Burgess
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I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.
~Martin Luther King Jr.
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Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.
~Franklin D. Roosevelt
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Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices - just recognize them.
~Edward R. Murrow
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