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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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Hanging was the worst use a man could be put to.
~Sir Henry Wotton
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To my mind, to kill in war is not a whit better than to commit ordinary murder.
~Albert Einstein
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Kill a man, and you are an assassin. Kill millions of men, and you are a conqueror. Kill everyone, and you are a god.
~Jean Rostand
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Pardon ever follows sincere repentence.
~Charles Haddon Spurgeon
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Clemency alone makes us equal to the gods.
~Claudian
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Where all are guilty, no one is; confessions of collective guilt are the best possible safeguard against the discovery of culprits, and the very magnitude of the crime the best excuse for doing nothing.
~Hannah Arendt
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In the halls of justice, the only justice is in the halls.
~Lenny Bruce
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If it's near dinner-time, the foreman takes out his watch when the jury has retired, and says: "Dear me, gentlemen, ten minutes to five, I declare! I dine at five, gentlemen." "So do I," says everybody else, except two men who ought to have dined at three and seem more than half disposed to stand out in consequence. The foreman smiles, and puts up his watch:--"Well, gentlemen, what do we say, plaintiff or defendant, gentlemen? I rather think, so far as I am concerned, gentlemen--I say I rather think--don't let that influence you--I rather think the plaintiff's the man." Upon this two or three other men are sure that think so too--as of course they do; and then they get on very unanimously and comfortably.
~Charles Dickens
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To seek the redress of grievances by going to law, is like sheep running for shelter to a bramble bush.
~Lewis W. Dilwyn
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Some laws of state aimed at curbing crime are even more criminal.
~Friedrich Engels
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